A heart murmur is an abnormal sound made by the beating heart.
Other signs and symptoms may or may not accompany a heart murmur, depending on the severity and cause. Associated signs and symptoms can include
- skin that appears blue, especially on the fingertips and lips,
- sudden weight gain,
- shortness of breath,
- chronic cough,
- chest pain,
- dizziness, and
Other symptoms and signs may include
- an enlarged liver,
- enlarged neck veins,
- poor appetite, and
- failure to grow normally (in infants).
Cause of a heart murmur
Turbulent blood flow often causes heart murmurs. Some heart murmurs are not a symptom of serious conditions, while others may be a symptom of heart disease, including congenital heart disease such as septal defects (holes in the walls of the heart) or acquired heart valve problems.
Other heart murmur symptoms and signs
- An Enlarged Liver
- Chest Pain
- Chronic Cough
- Enlarged Neck Veins
- Failure to Grow Normally (in Infants)
- Poor Appetite
- Shortness of Breath
- Skin That Appears Blue, Especially on the Fingertips and Lips
- Sudden Weight Gain
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