Heart Murmur

A heart murmur describes an abnormal sound produced by blood flowing through the valves and chambers of the heart. Consultation of a cardiologist is recommended when a heart murmur is present. Many cases simply require periodic monitoring; however, other cases may be more severe, such as murmurs caused by defective valves inside the heart, and require surgical intervention.

Any person with a heart murmur should advise their doctor or dentist before undergoing surgery or dental work. Antibiotics may be prescribed before the procedure to prevent bacterial endocarditis.