Patients who have heart murmurs may be symptom-free and they may only be found as an incidental finding.
Patients may, however, present with symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, syncope (dizziness and blackouts).
Heart murmurs are often picked up on routine examination and the most likely examination needed will be an echocardiogram to look at the valve and to assess the function of the heart.
The need for therapy will depend very much on the severity of the symptoms you have been experiencing, the results of the investigations and the possible risks posed by the condition.
Heart murmurs can be managed with medication to control any underlying cause or may simply be monitored regularly. In some cases, a surgical approach may be required to repair or replace the valve.
All options will be discussed with you and regular follow up assessments may be necessary to keep an eye on your progress.
This scan is used to ascertain the risk of a heart attack or stroke within the next 5-10 years. [READ MORE]
An ‘echo’ is an ultrasound scan of the heart to assess structure and function. [READ MORE]
These scans enable cardiologists to view detailed images of the heart’s anatomy. [READ MORE]
Sometimes an ‘echo’ scan of the heart requires an ultrasound probe to be passed down the food pipe to provide a clearer image. [READ MORE]