A heart murmur is a sound, not a disease. Murmurs can be faint or loud and sound like a "whooshing" or "swishing" noise.
Most murmurs are harmless (innocent) and require little to no treatment. However, some abnormal heart murmurs can indicate other heart problems, such as heart valve disease. When a heart valve disease is causing the murmur, a cardiologist will recommend treatment based on the type, amount and severity of the disease.
Most abnormal heart murmurs in children are caused by congenital heart defects, meaning problems with the heart's structure that existed at birth. Abnormal heart murmurs in adults are most often caused by acquired heart valve disease that develops from other conditions such as infection, disease and aging.
Diagnosing heart murmur
Treating heart murmur
Learn more. Contact our Heart Valve Clinic coordinator:
Deanne Olson, RN, MBA, CCRP
Medical Center of the Rockies
2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Suite 100
Loveland, CO 80538