Caring for the hearts of Central Texas Since 1971

(254) 399-5400

Caring for the Hearts of Central Texas Since 1971 (254) 399-5400

Heart Murmurs

A heart murmur refers to a sound heard by a doctor listening to the heart with a stethoscope that often is subtle or soft although sometimes can be quite loud. While it is often not serious, it can be due to a heart defect or improperly functioning heart valve. Blood moving through heart valves that are working properly can sometimes create a murmur which is not due to any serious cardiac problem.  This can also occur if the heart is working vigorously in non-cardiac conditions such as pregnancy, anemia or an overactive thyroid.  However, significant heart valve abnormalities or structural heart defects may cause a heart murmur. Louder murmurs can be due to more serious valve problems, but some of the most significant structural heart problems can cause very faint murmurs.  Listening to a patient’s heart sounds over time allows the cardiologist to determine the progression of the underlying problem, especially in conjunction with other signs on the exam, changes in a patient’s symptoms, and other findings from testing.  Ultimately, echocardiography, or an ultrasound of the heart, is the test of choice to help confirm structural heart disease or heart valve disease and determine whether a heart abnormality is changing, in conjunction with patient symptoms.

Our Central Texas Locations

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Waco Cardiology Associates
7125 New Sanger Avenue, Ste. A
Waco, TX 76712
Clifton Medical Clinic
201 Posey Ave
Clifton, Texas 76634
Coryell Specialty Clinic
1507 W Main St.
Gatesville, Texas 76528
Family Practice Rural Health Clinic
303 North Brown
Hamilton, Texas 76531
Hill Regional Hospital
1323 East Franklin Street, Suite 103
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Parkview Rural Health Clinic
514 S. Bonham, Suite B
Mexia, Texas 76667
Lake Whitney Physicians Clinic
202 East Jefferson
Whitney, Texas 76692
Limestone Family Medicine Center
701 McClintic Drive
Groesbeck, Texas 76642