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What are the symptoms of a heart murmur?
A heart murmur in itself causes no symptoms and it generally cannot be heard by the person affected. It is the underlying structural issue of the heart that may
cause problems. Note that many heart murmurs are innocent and of no consequence.
Congenital heart disease may present with newborns who have difficulty breathing and who are cyanotic, meaning that the heart cannot circulate blood and oxygen from the lungs to the body. Some infants with heart issues may have difficulty feeding, developing, and gaining weight appropriately.
Most heart murmurs in well-developed children are harmless.
In adults, heart abnormalities may cause chest pain, and
heart failure with symptoms of shortness of breath and swelling of the extremities.
Palpitations or a sensation of an irregular
heartbeat are occasionally seen in patients with heart valve abnormalities.