A heart murmur is an abnormal sound within the heart that occurs in some individuals due to turbulent blood flow. Most types of murmurs are “innocent” and do not cause any health problems. In some cases, though, heart murmurs stem from a serious underlying issue with the heart and/or its valves, and there may be signs or symptoms.
Heart valve stenosis and heart valve regurgitation are two potentially serious problems that can cause a heart murmur. With stenosis, one or more of the heart’s valves become narrow, impeding blood flow. With regurgitation, blood leaks back through the valve/s, diminishing heart function. Murmurs can be caused by various cardiovascular conditions.
Read on for 13 heart murmur symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.