When your doctor listens to your heart with a stethoscope, one thing they are checking for is any murmuring or clicking sounds, which can be signs of stenosis or regurgitation. Your doctor will also consider any symptoms you mention. If an irregular sound is heard, your doctor may order further tests. Other kinds of tests include those that provide visual images of your heart and valves (chest MRI, coronary angiography, chest X-rays, and echocardiography) as well as tests that show heartbeat patterns (electrocardiography - EKG or ECG).
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Coleen Boyle, PhD, MS, Public Health, answered on behalf of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Congenital heart defects are conditions present at birth that affect the how a baby's heart is made and the way it works. They are the most common type of birth defects. In the United States, about 40,000 infants are born with a heart defect each year.
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How does olive oil affect heart health?
Americans should follow a heart healthy diet that replaces saturated fat calories with calories from either complex carbohydrates (CHO)--principally contributed by fruits, vegetables and whole grains--protein and/or unsaturated fat (like olive oil). A diet rich in monounsaturated fat, and reduced in refined CHO may also be effective in reducing serum triglycerides (TG) without adverse impact on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C).
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