Doctor thinks our baby has a heart mumur. How many babies have heart murmurs?

Many. Many babies have heart murmurs, but most do not have heart disease. Approximately 1 in 100 babies are born with heart disease, so it is important that your baby have a full evaluation by a pediatrician and possibly a pediatric cardiologist if your doctor thinks it is necessary.
Many. Important to know: the term "heart murmur" is not synonymous with heart defect. In children, because the chest wall is thin it is fairly easy to hear the normal "squirting" sound made as the heart squirts blood out. These murmurs are completely normal sounds and are heard in 6-7 out of every 10 children. Some murmurs are indeed caused by abnormalities so check with a peds cardiologist.

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

Infant murmer. Assume it was heard by a pediatrician. Most infant murmers are benign and resolve over time. You should seek the advice of your pediatrician about the murmer. Sometimes an echocardiogram is obtained to evaluate the murmer and if abnormal then you may be referred to a pediatric cardiologist. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
Depends. There are far to many women out there with multiple successful pregnancies and a heart murmur to say this idea is routine. If someone was in borderline heart failure i could see where someone might consider that idea, but not for most folks.Many murmurs are innocent reflections of blood flow and would have no significant impact on a pregnancy. Read more...

How can a doctor detect a heart murmur?

Listening. By definition, a murmur is an extra heart sound beyond the lub dup of the typical heart. You pick it up by listening through a stethoscope. You can usually define its origin with an echocardiogram, but many murmurs are just simple blood flow with a typical location and intensity and need no further evaluation. Read more...

The doctor said I had a heart murmur but it is mild is that okay?

Usually. A murmur is just an abnormal sound the heart makes, usually from one of the 4 valves. The vast majority are of no clinical significance. But the type and quality of murmur help to determine if it's a problem. Especially if you are not having any symptoms (fatigue, dizziness, etc) a mild murmur is benign. Read more...
Echocardiogram. Many heart murmurs are insignificant and the examining physician usually can identify significant ones. If there is any doubt, an echocardiogram can diagnose abnormalities of the heart which produce heart murmurs. If the echocardiogram is normal it proves that a murmur is insignificant. Read more...

Doctor found a heart murmur on my 18month old today. He has got to have a scan. Should I be worried?

Well child? Children who are tired, short of breath, losing weight and not eating or playing may well have a serious heart condition. A playful, well child who is growing and gaining weight is less likely to have a significant or worrisome murmur. Read more...
Heart murmur. Murmur is the sound of blood through valves/ openings. Often is physiologic - fast flow through tiny heart .Others- holes that did not close w/ birth ( patent foramen ovale),or mitral valve prolapse(floppy valve), not usually very significant. Patent ductus, ventral septal defect, bicupid valve, stenosis, hypertrophy, anomolous vessels require more f/u. Serious ones often present at birth. Read more...

Sometimes I get pains near my heart. I have a innocent heart murmur. Doc said she could barely hear it and it was innocent. Is this bad or no?

Doesn't sound bad. Lots of people have heart murmurs. This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you or your heart. If you are really concerned you could get an echo, (an ultrasound of the heart) but that seems unnecessary from the information provided. I would not worry about this, just like your doctor told you. Read more...