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I had a heart murmur, what I have to do to treat it ?

i went to the doctors for my checkup, and they said i had a heart murmur adn are sending me to a cardiologist to make sure its for sure. im getting an echo. what exactly is an echo? like what do they do? ( i like to know what doctors do before it happenes to me) adn if i do have one, what will i most likely have to do to treat it? ps:im 14
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
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An echo cardiogram is a device whereby you visualise the working of the heart. The instrumenent directs ultrasound waves (which you do not hear or feel) towards the organ that they visualise. These sound waves get reflected from various tissues of the heart and form an electric image on a computer monitor. It is because of the reflection of the sound waves that the word echo is used. From this image they can visualise the action of the heart. Usually the report is given then and there. They move a sensor over your chest. No pain, no preparations, no making of you unconscious, and no harmful effects. When they see the echo, as they visualise the heart they will look closely at the valve from which the murmur is coming and then decide what action will be taken. A murmur is a sound produced due to a change in the shape of the heart valves or due to a rapid or slow flow of blood. Commonly there is a narrowing of the aperture of the valves. Valves are situated between chambers of the heart or between the heart and its openings to the major arteries There are many innocent murmurs that do not require any treatment.
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