Heart Murmur Specialist

A. Bahjat Shahbandar, M.D., FACC -  - Cardiovascular Physician

Shahbandar Heart Clinic

A. Bahjat Shahbandar, M.D., FACC

Cardiovascular Specialist located in Rochester Hills & Romeo, MI

Heart murmurs can be harmless, but sometimes they indicate a more serious condition like a structural problem. Dr. Shahbandar, is an experienced cardiologist who practiced Cardiology in Rochester Hills, Michigan for almost 25 years, providing specialized care for diverse heart issues. For a cardiac assessment to determine the cause of your heart murmur, call Shahbandar Heart Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Heart Murmur Q & A

What is a heart murmur?

A heart murmur is an abnormal sound in addition to the normal tic tac heart valves closure sound, occasionally heard as blood flows across the heart valves.

You may not have symptoms when you have a heart murmur. If they’re present, however, they might include:

  • Chest pain
  • Bluish skin
  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or fainting

An innocent heart murmur is often seen in newborns and children. A heart murmur that’s potentially serious is called an abnormal murmur and is the result of an underlying issue.

What causes a heart murmur?

When you have an innocent heart murmur, your heart valves are healthy, but certain conditions can cause changes in blood flow through your heart. These might include pregnancy, fever, exercise, and hyperthyroidism or anemia.

Abnormal heart murmurs are often due to structural problems with the heart valves such as:

  • Rheumatic fever
  • Heart valve abnormalities
  • Thickening of the heart valves
  • Septal defects (holes in the heart)
  • Endocarditis (infections of the heart lining and valves)

While anyone can develop a heart murmur, your risks are higher if you have a family history of heart defects or medical conditions like uncontrolled high blood pressure.

How do you diagnose a heart murmur?

Dr. Shahbandar usually detects a heart murmur while listening to your heartbeat with a stethoscope. To determine if your heart murmur is innocent or abnormal, he considers how loud it is and its location, as well as when it occurs, its duration, and how movement or your body position affects the sound.

If Dr. Shahbandar suspects an abnormal heart murmur, he recommends additional testing that might include:

  • Chest X-rays to check for an enlarged heart
  • Cancer
  • Electrocardiograms to look for structural or heart rhythm issues
  • Echocardiograms to identify heart defects and valve abnormalities

How do you treat a heart murmur?

Dr. Shahbandar treats abnormal heart murmurs with a variety of options. Depending on your condition, he might monitor it over time to determine the best course of action. Otherwise, Dr. Shahbandar might recommend medications or surgical treatment. Innocent heart murmurs are usually harmless, so treatment is typically unnecessary.

He might monitor it for long years or recommend newer non-invasive correcting procedures versus surgical interventions.

Call Shahbandar Heart Clinic to learn more about heart murmur treatments, or schedule an appointment online today.