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Dr. Carlen Fifer

Pediatrics
Ann Arbor, MI
29 years experience female

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Pediatrics

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English

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlen Fifer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Not always: A heart murmur is a noise that we hear when we listen with a stethoscope to your child's heart. It can be caused by normal blood flow (innocent heart murmur) or by an abnormal finding (hole in the heart, valve or artery problem). Most innocent murmurs come and go, and usually go away by the time a child grows up. Murmurs caused by abnormal findings usually do not go away on their own.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlen Fifer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
About 1 out of 100: Heart defects are the most common birth defect. Just under 1% of people are born with a congenital heart defect (a little less than 1/100). This includes very minor things and very severe defects. Some people are at higher risk, especially if there is a family history of heart defects, or if there are associated genetic syndromes. If you have concern for your child, ask your pediatrician.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlen Fifer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Extremely rare: Cancer in the heart is very rare. Children can have tumors in the heart, but most are what is called benign, meaning they do not spread to other organs and do not cause direct harm to the heart. It is very rare to need surgery for a heart tumor. Some other cancers in the body can spread to the heart, but this is the most rare of all heart tumors.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fifer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fifer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1992MD

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American College of Cardiology
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