Monthly Archives: May 2017

Heart Murmurs and Valve Disease

In most instances, heart murmurs are harmless. However, some heart murmurs can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition.

When blood flows normally through the heart valves, it makes a two-beat “lub-lub” sound. With a murmur, the blood is not flowing normally through the heart valves, and your physician may hear through a stethoscope any of a variety of “swishing” sounds that can differ in volume, pitch and duration.

Murmurs can be caused by a heart valve abnormality or a defect in the muscular structure of the heart. Some heart murmurs are not considered a problem and may be referred to as “innocent murmurs.”

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Up to 80 Percent of Strokes can be Prevented

On average in the U.S., one person dies from stroke every four minutes. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of adult disability. But there is good news: Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

The first step to preventing a stroke is to identify conditions that can increase your risk for stroke. Talk to your healthcare professional to learn how to treat and manage any of these conditions.

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