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Heart Murmur

How can I check on my heart valves?

  • Do you have one of the symptoms listed here? Shortness of breath, chest pain, feeling light-headed or passing out?
  • Ask a clinician to listen to your heart sounds. Armed with a stethoscope, a clinician can get more information about how your heart beats by just listening to it.
  • Have an echocardiogram if it is recommended. This is a simple test, similar to an ultrasound that takes a closer look at your heart and is painless.
  • Call our Nurse Navigator with questions at 702-240-2963.
  • Most importantly, talk to your physician with any concerns you have. If you don’t have a physician call: 702-233-5474.

Heart Murmur

About Heart Murmurs and Valve Disease

Deep inside your heart are some hard-working structures that silently keep blood moving through your entire body. Your heart valves. They work tirelessly, opening and closing to allow blood to flow through your heart. We don’t think about them very much, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t. Here’s what you should know about valvular heart disease.

Heart Murmur Program at MountainView Hospital

Heart Murmurs: If the blood flow through your heart sounds different, a clinician may call it a "heart murmur." Sometimes this is completely normal and harmless and may be the unique way your heart sounds. Sometimes it could be a sign of other problems, so it’s important to know which kind of heart murmur you have and if further testing or treatment is needed.

Stenosis: Stenosis is a problem with how open your heart valve is. Sometimes, and especially when we age, valves get narrow and let less blood flow through the heart. Sometimes this can result in shortness of breath, tiredness, chest pain, feeling light-headed or even passing out. Often the symptoms are worse when you are doing more strenuous activities like climbing stairs or walking a long distance. These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored or expected as a side effect of aging. This is the most common type of valvular heart disease.

Regurgitation or Insufficiency: Regurgitation is a problem with how a valve closes. These types of conditions also affect blood flow, but because the valve doesn’t close all of the way causing blood to flow the wrong direction. This can lead to similar symptoms as Aortic Stenosis.