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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The whispering fury: Heart surgeon to explain causes of heart murmurs, treatments

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – That low whispering inside some human hearts may speak volumes about a person’s health.

Marc Gerdisch, MD, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, will explain the importance of understanding why heart valves may cause murmurs and when it’s time to seek treatment. His presentation –- which is free and open to the public – is 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23 at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road).

Heart murmurs are caused by valves inside the heart that don’t close properly. Sometimes, people can live with heart murmurs a long time without any symptoms. However, if the problem becomes more serious, the blood flow to the heart may be affected.

People who have innocent heart murmurs have normal hearts. They usually have no other signs or symptoms of heart problems. Innocent murmurs are common in healthy children. Many, if not most, children will have heart murmurs heard by their doctors at some time in their lives.

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