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A heart murmur can be totally harmless or be indication of a more serious underlying medical condition. The leading team of doctors at Chinatown Cardiology, with three convenient locations in the Chinatown section of New York City and Brooklyn and Flushing, New York, are experts in diagnosing the cause of heart murmurs.
A heart murmur is an unusual sound produced by turbulent blood flow, heard between heartbeats over a stethoscope. A murmur can be totally harmless (innocent murmurs) and not cause symptoms or indicate an underlying heart condition, (abnormal murmur), or other medical issues. An abnormal murmur discovered in children is generally due to a congenital heart defect. Every year, approximately 25,000 babies are born with heart defects, such as holes in heart walls or abnormal valves. Abnormal murmurs detected in adults are more likely to be the result of an acquired heart valve problem, or other health issues, such as anemia, high blood pressure or overactive thyroid.
If your doctor discovers a heart murmur during your physical exam, he or she will recommend one or more of the following tests to determine its cause.
Innocent heart murmurs do not require any treatment. Treatment for an abnormal murmur will depend on the diagnosed cause. In many instances, your cardiologist may want to initially just monitor the condition. If treatment is required, again it will depend on the specific issue but may entail medication and or surgery.
See our list of insurance accepted. If you don't see yours, please call the office, we will be happy to help. Copay is typically a fixed amount associated with an office visit and diagnostic services, depending on your health plan agreement. Copay is collected at the time of service. Coinsurances are based upon the percentage of the allowed amount for a covered service; this portion varies depending on your healthcare contract. Coinsurance applies after deductible is met. Deductibles are predetermined and are also member’s responsibility. Deductible are an annual responsibility, defined by your benefit plan level, deductibles are also collected upfront. If you have any questions regarding your member responsibility please contact the telephone number on the back of insurance card.