Important information about heart murmurs

It is important to have regular physical exams to detect any abnormal heart sounds. If a murmur is heard, further evaluation will be required to determine why the murmur is present, which valve is involved, and the severity of the problem.

If the murmur is due to a heart valve problem:

  • Follow-up with a cardiologist will be required to evaluate the progression of the valve disease.
  • Most people who have a heart murmur require measures to prevent valve infection. These include:
    • Tell all your doctors and dentist you have valve disease
    • Call your doctor if you have symptoms of an infection
    • Take good care of your teeth and gums
    • Take antibiotics before you undergo any procedure that may cause bleeding
    • A wallet card may be obtained from the American Heart Association with specific antibiotic guidelines. Call your local American Heart Association office or nationally, 800.AHA.USA1 or go to www.heart.org/HEARTORG.*

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