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Heart Murmurs – Systolic

January 31, 2021


Let’s first talk about systolic heart murmurs, murmurs that occur when the heart is ejecting blood. One very common systolic heart murmur we hear is from aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a condition where the aortic valve is stiff or tight or calcified. And when the heart is pumping blood to the body across that valve, you hear this murmur that would be characterized by a harsh murmur that would radiate to the back. And we would hear it with the stethoscope and then confirm it on an echocardiogram. Another murmur that occurs during systole would be mitral regurgitation. Mitral regurgitation means that the valve, the mitral valve is leaking and that would have a different sound to it that can be easily detected with a stethoscope. And again, would be confirmed on an echocardiogram.

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