Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Murmur (Heart Health)

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Murmur (Heart Health)

Heart murmurs — an extra or unusual sound heard in the heartbeat — range from very faint to very loud and sometimes sound like a whooshing or swishing noise through a stethoscope. Many people with heart murmurs don’t have heart disease and, in fact, most heart murmurs are completely harmless. While serious problems are rare, no heart murmur should be ignored.

Here are some signs that a heart murmur could be serious:

Blue coloring of the skin, especially on the fingertips and inside the mouth

Poor eating and failure to grow normally (in infants)

Rapid breathing

Excessive sweating

Chest pain


Shortness of breath



The signs and symptoms usually depend on the cause and the severity of the problem causing the murmur. Talk to your physician about heart murmurs at your next checkup.

B-man :wink: