What Are the Treatments for Heart Murmurs?

Q:
What are the treatments for heart murmurs?

A:
If you or your child has an abnormal heart murmur, treatment may not be necessary. Your doctor may want to monitor the condition over time. If treatment is necessary, it depends on what heart problem is causing the murmur and may include medications or surgery.

Medications

The medication your doctor prescribes depends on the specific heart problem you have. Some medications your doctor might give you include:

  • Medications that prevent blood clots (anticoagulants)
  • Water pills (diuretics)
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Statins
  • Beta blocker.

Surgery

Depending on your heart condition, your doctor may recommend one of these options to treat a damaged or leaky valve:

  • Valve repair
    To repair a valve, your doctor may recommend one of the following procedures: balloon valvuloplasty, annuloplasty, repair of structural support or valve leaflet repair.
  • Valve replacement
    In many cases, the valve has to be replaced. Options include: open-heart surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

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