My doctor wants my heart murmur checked out I have to get a echocardiogram.Will I need surgeory or take meds?
A heart murmur is a sound created (heard by stethoscope, and monitored/measured by ECG--ElectroCardioGram) when either the atrial (blood entering the lower chamber of the heart) or ventricular (blood leaving the lower chamber of the heart) valves do not close fully, or "flutter" erratically. The heart valves prevent blood by being able to "back up" they are responsible for keeping blood flowing smoothly.
The EKG results will indicate how frequently and at which point in your heart's rhythm the murmur occurs--you might even have to take an exercise Stress Test (to see if it is something that occurs at rest or during periods of exertion, and at what point).
If the murmur is serious enough, valve replacement surgery would likely be recommended--likely following extensive tests and a possible exploratory exam (under anethesia).
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