Continuous murmurs

Auscultogram from normal and abnormal heart sounds

Heart murmurs are most frequently organized by timing, into systolic heart murmurs and diastolic heart murmurs. However, continuous murmurs can not be directly placed into either category.[1]

These murmurs are due to blood flow from a high pressure chamber or vessel to a lower pressure system.


  1. "continuous murmur" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. "Gibson murmur" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  3. Gibson GA 1898 Diseases of the heart and aorta. Pentland, Edinburgh, pp 61, 303, 310–312
  4. Tynan M (December 2003). "The murmur of the persistently patent arterial duct, or "The Colonel is going to a dance"". Cardiol Young. 13 (6): 559–62. PMID 14982298.
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