Diastolic Murmur

This Diastolic murmurs category will help you to learn about diastolic murmurs including aortic regurgitation (mild), pulmonary regurgitation (mild), mitral stenosis (mild, moderate, severe), and tricuspid stenosis (moderate).

Diastolic murmurs are the heart murmurs listened to during the diastole. It implies some alternation of the anatomy or function of the cardiovascular structures.

Before you take this session you should have finished the normal heart sounds session, first heart sound, second heart sound sessions, extra heart sounds (S3 & S4), and systolic murmur. You should feel gratified with your ability to listen and be familiar with normal heart sounds.

Please use good quality headphones or earphones. Computer or phones speakers often fail to reproduce some heart sounds.

Early diastolic murmurs: The term ‘early diastolic murmur’ is misleading; usually, the murmur lasts throughout diastole but is loudest in early diastole. It is typically caused by the aortic.

Mid-diastolic murmurs A mid-diastolic murmur is usually caused by mitral stenosis. This is a low-pitched, rumbling sound that may proceed an opening snap

Aortic insufficiency is defined as the oozing of the aortic valve of the heart that evokes blood to flow in the converse direction.

Pulmonary regurgitation is a leaky pulmonary valve. This allows blood to flow back into the heart chamber before it gets to the lungs for oxygen.
Mitral stenosis is a contraction of the mitral valve that obstructs blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle.

Tricuspid stenosis is a tightening of the tricuspid valve opening. It restricts blood flow between the upper and lower part of the right side of the heart, or from the right atrium to the right ventricle.

In medical practices, correct diagnosis and understanding of the case are important. So, while doing auscultation hearing the sounds correctly and identify the abnormalities in them is important.

Having prior practice to the sound will be a plus point for you, as we can do better in things we are familiar with. So, this site will be a friend for you in gaining practice in auscultation and learning different cases regarding it. So, practice as much you want and gain your self-confidence, and help for your future practices.

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Aortic Regurgitation – Mild

Less than 30 cc blood escapes backward per pulse in severe aortic regurgitation. In this situation, the heart does not normally expand. Moderate recurrence — This is usually well controlled and not symptoms associated. Usually leaks backward per heartbeat from 30-60 cc blood

Owing to an early shutting of the mitral valve leaflets, the first heart tone reduces. The first heart sound is 75 msec for an aortic ejection press.

Pulmonic Regurgitation – Mild

The leakage of a pulmonary valve is known as pulmonary regurgitation  (PR, also known as pulmonic regurgitation). The valve regulates blood flow from the right ventricle into the pulmonary system. The blood will flow back into the heart chamber until it enters the oxygen lungs with a leaky pulmonary valve. 

Systole is silent. 

The first half of the diastole will start directly after the second heart sounds with a high- entangled decrescendo murmur. 

The whisper is best heard in the pulmonary region and can be strengthened by bending forward and sitting up.

Mitral Stenosis – Mild

Stenosis of the mitral valve-or mitral stenosis is the closing of the mitral valve of the heart. This irregular release valve does not function correctly and prevents the flow of blood into the heart’s main pumping chamber.

If the withdrawal valve leaflets get moderately thickened, the first heart tone increases in volume. Silent is Systole. When mitral stenosis rises, the original snap happens sooner.

Mitral Stenosis – Moderate

Stenosis of the mitral valve, seen on the right of the heart, is a condition where the mitral valve of the heart is limited. This irregular valve doesn’t function properly and prevents blood flow into the left ventricle of your heart’s largest pumping chamber.

The sound of mitral stenosis’ diastolic murmuring is low in duration, rumbling in character, and better listened to on the left side at the apex. It occurs when the mitral valve is snapped up and is associated with the severity of the stenosis during the murmur.

Mitral Stenosis – Severe

Mitral stenosis is a narrowing of the mouth of a mitral valve blocking blood from the left ventricle of the atrium. Mitral stenosis is typically caused by rheumatic fever, but babies with the disease may be born. Mitral stenosis produces no symptoms until it is severe.

Symptoms could be:

  • Tiredness.
  • Shortness of breath or lying flat with tension.
  • Overnight shortness of breath and coughing.
  • Hands and feet are bloated.
  • Heart palpitations (quick, pulse fluttering)
  • Strong cough that can lead to blood-stained mucus.

The first tone of the heart is typically powerful and palpable (tapping an apex beat) due to increased intensity in closing the mitral valve when a person with mitral stenosis is excited. The first sound of the heart is the closure of the heart valve mitral and tricuspid.

Tricuspid Stenosis – Moderate

Tricuspid stenosis is a tricuspid opening narrowing. The blood flows between the upper (atrium) and the lowest portion (ventricle) of the right heart is limited by tricuspid stenosis.

As the tricuspid valve leaflets thicken moderately, the first heart sound is intensified. The second rhythm of the heart is natural and unconstrained. Systole is silent. A tricuspid snap is accompanied by a low-frequency diamond-like murmur.

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