Exercise and Heart Murmurs

Heart murmurs are extra sounds that originate from within the heart itself. Some murmurs are innocent and cause no problems for the patient, while others can be from dangerous or even life-threatening sources. Sometimes murmurs can affect exercise capacity and exercise tolerance—that is, how much or how long someone can exercise. Figuring out the source of the murmur can be a relatively easy process, but treatment varies greatly depending on the etiology.


The heart is composed of four chambers, two atria and two ventricles. The atria have thin ...

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