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Heart Murmur Causes & Risks

Causes

Benign heart murmurs are caused by:

  • Turbulent blood flow through a highly dynamic but normal circulatory system
  • Slight valvular abnormality with no long-term consequences (such as mitral valve prolapse , a congenital condition)

Abnormal heart murmurs can be due to:

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

Risk factors for normal heart murmurs include:

  • Age: 3-7 years old
  • Pregnancy

Risk factors for abnormal heart murmurs include:

  • Rheumatic fever
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Congenital heart defects or disease

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2016 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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Heart Murmur Guide

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