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When you have a physical examination, your doctor almost always picks up the stethoscope and listens to your heart. The sounds your heart makes are important because they give your doctor insight about your health. For example, if the familiar LUB-DUB of a heartbeat is clouded with a whooshing sound, it means you may have a heart murmur.
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks with cardiologist Dr. Kyle Klarich about the significance of our heart sounds.
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Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads. (TRT 1:04) Download the script.