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What kind of doctor should I take my infant daughter to if she has a heart murmur?

What kind of doctor should I take my infant daughter to if she has a heart murmur?

Pediatric cardiologi: You should take her to a pediatric cardiologist. Did your pediatrician say what kind of a murmur it is? A lot of children, at some point, have an innocent murmur, which is transient and benign. If it is pathologic, you should be referred to the specialist, be well! ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
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Heart Murmur (Definition)

A heart murmur is a sound heard by a stethoscope made by the vibration of blood flow. It can be a normal finding in young healthy people, or can represent abnormal leakage (regurgitation) of a valve, valve narrowing (stenosis), or a congenital condition such as an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, ...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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If a murmur is found in an unresponsive cardiac arrest 5 week old infant, does that mean he still has a heart beat? My 5 week old son died on november 18th and I woke to find him not breathing or responding and he was a little pale. The emt's and the doc

If a murmur is found in an unresponsive cardiac arrest 5 week old infant, does that mean he still has a heart beat? My 5 week old son died on november 18th and I woke to find him not breathing or responding and he was a little pale. The emt's and the doc

I: I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Are you sure that the doctors didn't mean that he had a murmur in the past and that he was in asystole when the you found him? If this is important for you to know, i'd hope your son's pediatrician would be able to clarify the situation for you. ...Read more

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My new born baby could have a heart murmur, how serious is that?

My new born baby could have a heart murmur, how serious is that?

It is uncertain: A murmur is an extra sound. The causes are many and range from normal sounds to mild defects that do not require treatment, to serious problems that may require surgery. A complete evaluation is necessary to know for sure. ...Read more

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My friend's two day old baby has been diagnosed with a heart murmur. How common is that?

My friend's two day old baby has been diagnosed with a heart murmur. How common is that?

Relatively common: A heart murmur indicates turbulent blood flow, but does not necessarily mean that there is a structural abnormality of the heart (e.g. Congenital heart disease). In the first few days of life, many normal babies will have heart murmurs; the key point is that these infants need to be evaluated further to make sure that there is no indication of a heart problem. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my friend's two day old baby has been diagnosed with a heart murmur?

Should I be concerned if my friend's two day old baby has been diagnosed with a heart murmur?

Rarely: Heart murmurs are common in newborn babies as their circulation changes after birth. Most resolve within weeks. However, if the baby is blue, cannot feed, has a very rapid breathing rate along with a heart murmur, that is much more concerning. This should be followed by the baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is an s3 heart murmur? How serious is it? 38 year old woman asymptomatic. Had a baby one year ago

What is an s3 heart murmur? How serious is it? 38 year old woman asymptomatic. Had a baby one year ago

S3: S3 is the description used for a 3rd heart sound after the typical "lub dub" you hear when listening to the heart. Young people, athletes, and pregnant women often have an s3 on exam and it is considered completely normal. It can also be an indicator of congestive heart failure, but patients often have other symptoms such as shortness of breath with exercise or lying down, fatigue, swelling of extremeties, weight gain and fluid retention, and coughing up pink phlegm. Since she is 38, asymptomatic, and recently had a child, it is likely benign. If she starts to notice any of the symptoms above, she should call her doctor right away. ...Read more

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Might a doctor recommend a termination if woman had a heart murmur? And what about if she's carried a healthy baby to term before?

Might a doctor recommend a termination if woman had a heart murmur? And what about if she's carried a healthy baby to term before?

CONCERN: Might you be the woman? It would surely depend a lot on the cause of that psrticular murmur. Maybe a cardiologist could be more specific about the meaning of the murmur and whether it really was a cause of concern.
Dont ponder this alone - we frighten ourselves needlessly and we're often wrong when we try to guess. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a heart murmur? My mom told me that I had a heart murmur when I was a baby, does it mean that I will develop heart problems in the future?

What happens if I have a heart murmur? My mom told me that I had a heart murmur when I was a baby, does it mean that I will develop heart problems in the future?

No: Heart murmurs are very common. In fact, 60% of all kids have one at this moment. I tell my patients they aren't "cool" unless they have one. That said, the quality or type of murmur is important. Most likely it was an innocent murmur, and means nothing except rapid blood flow through the heart and mild turbulence. Future heart problems would be more related to your genetics and lifestyle. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility of me doing something that gives my baby a heart murmur while I'm pregnant?

Yes: If by heart murmur you mean a heart defect (they are not synonymous though), yes. There are certain medications that are associated with heart defects (even taking Aspirin can be dangerous) and alcohol or smoking can be a problem. Discuss with your doctor behaviors during pregnancy that can be harmful to your baby. ...Read more

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I had a heart murmur since I was a baby and the dr said it's still really loud. I had it checked when I was 7 but I have chest pains. What could it be?

I had a heart murmur since I was a baby and the dr said it's still really loud. I had it checked when I was 7 but I have chest pains. What could it be?

Heart murmur: What did your echocardiogram reveal about your heart murmur? Do you have a significant valvular problem? Your chest pains may not be related to the heart and more info is needed about your chest pains to make a diagnosis. Your physician who knows your condition is best to advise you. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a specialists says its just a freckle on my baby's heart? No heart murmur though.

What does it mean when a specialists says its just a freckle on my baby's heart? No heart murmur though.

Who knows?: There is no such thing. It is probably his way of saying don't worry about "it". ...Read more

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Is it normal to detect a heart murmur until now that my kid is 4 yrs old. Never got found when she was a baby.

Is it normal to detect a heart murmur until now that my kid is 4 yrs old. Never got found when she was a baby.

Common finding: If I listen to a kid often enough I will eventually hear a murmur. It is more likely to be an innocent one than one meaning something bad. Even significant murmurs are not always evident at birth but may be detected at 2-4 months of age or older, since the pressures within the heart shift from pre to post birth work. ...Read more

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Sometimes I feel my heart beat and then I can feel it moving in my chest, is this bad? I've had a heart murmur when I was a baby so this worries me.

Sometimes I feel my heart beat and then I can feel it moving in my chest, is this bad? I've had a heart murmur when I was a baby so this worries me.

Talk with your Doc: If the murmur you had as a baby did not require any special followup (x-rays, ekg's, echo's etc.) it is probably not an issue today. If I listen to a kid often enough I will hear a heart murmur at some point & most represent normal hearts doing normal things. If you are preoccupied with your heart, get checked out. A good exam with a trusted doc might quell your anxiety or find something. ...Read more

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Turned blue 3 times when I was a baby from heart murmur-now I get sob-do I still have a heart murmur? I'm 19 now...

Turned blue 3 times when I was a baby from heart murmur-now I get sob-do I still have a heart murmur? I'm 19 now...

The only sure way: To find out if you still have a heart murmur and if it is something to worry about since you are now having shortness of breath is to see your physician or cardiologist. They will do a cardiac work up and tell you exactly if this is just a functional/ healthy murmur or pathological ...Read more

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Hello Dr. I examined a 20 days old newborn baby girl & detect a harsh heart murmur. No Echo in the vicinity to confirm Dx...What to do 4 her?

Hello Dr. I examined a 20 days old newborn baby girl & detect a harsh heart murmur. No Echo in the vicinity to confirm Dx...What to do 4 her?

Move her: If the kid is not blue, you have some time to work. This kid should be sent where this service is available. A harsh murmur at that age could represent several things, but a significant aortic stenosis would be one of them. That and the other possibilities would benefit from early intervention. A balloon procedure could give the kid years before anything else was needed. Benign murmurs are not harsh ...Read more

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8mo baby, slight heart murmur, just noticed swelling in both legs below knee. Legs feel hard. Baby seems fine. What might cause this? Dangerous?

8mo baby, slight heart murmur, just noticed swelling in both legs below knee. Legs feel hard. Baby seems fine. What might cause this? Dangerous?

Medical exam needed: Many infants have mild heart murmurs that are of no concern. However, the firm swelling you describe is concerning. It's not likely related to the heart murmur, since heart failure in infants doesn't usually cause leg swelling, but rather poor feeding, lethargy and breathing trouble. But leg swelling should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my baby having heart problems if the father has a heart murmur? My husband was born with a heart murmur and we are thinking of conceiving. We would like to know the chances of the baby being born with a heart defect also.

What are the chances of my baby having heart problems if the father has a heart murmur? My husband was born with a heart murmur and we are thinking of conceiving. We would like to know the chances of the baby being born with a heart defect also.

It: It depends on the defect since some are more heritable than others. Not all heart murmurs are caused by heart defects, in fact, most heart murmurs occur in completely normal hearts. A murmur is just an extra heart sound we hear when listening to someone's heart and doesn't necessarily mean that there is a problem. Talk to your husband's doctor to find out if his murmur is due to a heart defect and what kind of defect it is if he does in fact have one. Once you know what it is, you'll be able to find out if it is a concern when thinking of having children - you can talk to your ob/gyn about your concerns. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, my 3 days old baby has heart murmur. We did ECHO study, it shows 3mm Mid muscular VSD. The baby is doing well, but I am so afraid

Hi Doctor, my 3 days old baby has heart murmur. We did ECHO study, it shows 3mm Mid muscular VSD. The baby is doing well, but I am so afraid

Wonderful news: With such a study confirming the size & cause of the murmur you can sit back and wait for it to close on its own. Usually the loudest of these are picked up at or near birth because the small hole makes a high pitched noise (murmur). Most (this size) close as the baby grows by 6 months to a year. The big ones often make no noise & are picked up much later. ...Read more