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Other Names for a Heart Murmur

Innocent Heart Murmurs

  • Benign heart murmurs.
  • Flow murmurs.
  • Functional heart murmurs.
  • Mammary souffle (SOO-fl). (This type of heart murmur is heard in some pregnant women because of increased blood flow to the breasts.)
  • Normal heart murmurs.
  • Physiologic heart murmurs.
  • Still's murmurs.
  • Venous hums.

Abnormal Heart Murmurs

  • Pathologic heart murmurs.
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