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Why should I tell my dentist that I have a heart murmur?

Your dentist should know about a heart murmur so he or she can take steps to keep any symptoms from getting worse. Dentists know that some patients are not aware that they have a heart murmur or might be hesitant to reveal it. Some people think that their dentist simply does not need to know, but this could not be further from the truth. People with heart murmurs might experience breathing problems, fatigue, orthopnea (difficulty breathing while laying on the back), palpitations, or chest pains.

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