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My new born baby could have a heart murmur, how serious is that?
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Scott
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on the cause
A murmur is a type of heart sound the doctor can hear with a stethoscope.
Whether nor not a murmur is a birth defect depends on the cause of the sound. If the sound is caused by incorrectly formed arteries, veins, or heart parts, then the problem is a birth defect. On the other hand, many normal children have murmurs but no defects (the murmurs are probably just from the flow of the blood).

In brief: Depends on the cause
A murmur is a type of heart sound the doctor can hear with a stethoscope.
Whether nor not a murmur is a birth defect depends on the cause of the sound. If the sound is caused by incorrectly formed arteries, veins, or heart parts, then the problem is a birth defect. On the other hand, many normal children have murmurs but no defects (the murmurs are probably just from the flow of the blood).
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. John Charpie
If your pediatrician is concerned that the murmur may represent a structural abnormality of the heart, then he or she will refer your infant to a pediatric cardiologist for further evaluation. If the pediatric cardiologist is concerned, he or she may order a cardiac ultrasound that will help diagnose nearly all structural heart defects.
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