A heart murmur describes an abnormal sound produced by blood flowing through the valves and chambers of the heart. Consultation of a cardiologist is recommended when a heart murmur is present. Many cases simply require periodic monitoring; however, other cases may be more severe, such as murmurs caused by defective valves inside the heart, and require surgical intervention.
Any person with a heart murmur should advise their doctor or dentist before undergoing surgery or dental work. Antibiotics may be prescribed before the procedure to prevent bacterial endocarditis.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.