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What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

Many things: The most common systolic murmur is an innocent flow murmur. Some murmurs represent rapid blood flow through a tight valve or tube, some rapid flow through a whole. Many docs are rained to know based on exam, but a cardiac ultrasound is sometimes done to confirm or exclude the initial impression. ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
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Heart Murmur (Definition)

Heart murmurs are clinical findings in which a physician hears a murmur (a sound caused by the flowing and turbulence of blood) during the physical exam of a patient. Murmurs occur due abnormalities in the valves of the heart ...Read more


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What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

Many are Normal: Many children develop Heart murmurs as they grow. They are caused by blood vibrating the heart as it beats. Sometimes it can be caused by a hole in the heart or other abnormal changes in heart valves. A visit to a pediatric heart specialist would be a great way to clarify this. Most of them are innocent ( not a significant health issue) and resolve without treatment. Get it checked ...Read more

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What is the cause of a heart murmur in a child who is normal?

What is the cause of a heart murmur in a child who is normal?

Innocent murmur: A heart murmur in a healthy, normal child is often and innocent "flow" murmur... Essentially, we heart the blood flow across normal heart structures. ...Read more

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What causes a heart murmur? I was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. Should i be worried as an adult? What causes heart murmurs and are there any symptoms to look for?

What causes a heart murmur? I was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. Should i be worried as an adult? What causes heart murmurs and are there any symptoms to look for?

A : A murmur is simply a sound coming from the heart.. It could mean nothing or be very serious and require treatment and follow -up. See a cardiologist and get an echocadiogram with doppler of your heart ..This will tell the story. And you will know exactly what you need to do if anything. Don't wait ! ...Read more

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Having a slight heart murmur as a child mean i will have heart problems in the future?

Having a slight heart murmur as a child mean i will have heart problems in the future?

No: If i listen to a kid often enough in his or her childhood i will hear a slight murmur in all of them. Murmurs reflect the sounds made by blood flow and or the dynamic action of the heart. Although they can suggest structural abnormalities in some, most are innocent.(not indicative of disease) most simple murmurs have nothing to do with later risk. ...Read more

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Could a heart murmur as a child/infant be linked to heart defects/disease as an adult?

Could a heart murmur as a child/infant be linked to heart defects/disease as an adult?

Maybe/maybe not: Infant murmurs are either defects that become obvious or represent transient innocent flow patterns. A true defect would be hard to hide before adulthood, but possible. Adult heart disease is more about age/plaque formation, rhythm disturbances. Some isolated childhood problems linger into adulthood but these are defect specific. ...Read more

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At what age can I expect my child to outgrow his "innocent" heart murmur?

At what age can I expect my child to outgrow his "innocent" heart murmur?

Doesn't matter: It can be months, years, or occasionally never. Since it is "innocent" you (and as they grow older, your child) need to tell new doctors about the murmur, and the fact it has been evaluated and found to be harmless. And live a normal, heart healthy lifestyle! ...Read more

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What is the relationship of a heart murmur to a hole in the heart in a child?

What is the relationship of a heart murmur to a hole in the heart in a child?

A heart murmur...: ....Is an extra sound the heart makes, nothing more. Sometimes it means something is wrong (like a hole), and other times it does not. Children may have meaningless, "benign" heart murmurs with fever, dehydration, or at different ages. A hole in the heart is one of many possible causes of a murmur. It might be a tiny hole that closes on it's own, or it might be one that needs to be fixed. ...Read more

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What's a heart murmur?

What's a heart murmur?

Noise: It's a subjective finding of noise in a heart by stethoscope. Some murmurs are physiologically normal and others require further evaluation by echocardiogram. ...Read more

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What is a heart murmur?

What is a heart murmur?

Unexpected noise: When you listen to the heart,the traditional lub-dup of the valves closing is what you expect to hear. When you hear an extra whooshing or vibratory sound it is usually of low intensity, so the "murmur" label is used.It can be murmur "good", or just part of the dynamic flow of blood .If it is murmur "bad",it represents a defect requiring special attention and care. ...Read more

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