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INFANT HEART MURMUR


Posted by STEVE on May 31, 1999 at 15:15:22
MY 2 MONTH OLD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A HEART MURMUR BY OUR PEDIATRICIAN.  WE HAVE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST AT THE END OF JUNE.  WHY DIDN'T ANYONE NOTICE THE MURMUR AT BIRTH OR AT HER ONE MONTH APPOINTMENT?   IS WAITING 1 MONTH TO SEE THE CARDIOLOGIST DANGEROUS?  WE ARE FLYING ON AN AIRPLANE BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS IS DANGEROUS AS WELL.  THANK YOU

Posted by Heidi on June 04, 1999 at 20:31:08
When I was two I was diagnosed with an innocent heart murmer.  At the age of four when I stopped gaining weigh and became short of breath often I was taken to see a pediatric cardiologist.  I was told that I had developed a hole in my heart the size ofd a dime.  We found out in September and they wanted to due surgery by December.  I only weighed 32 pounds.  They wanted my to get to at least 40, but I couldn't.  I had the surgery the January after.  enerything went well.  Now 14 years later I have developed a mitral valvue regurge, and arythmmia.  I live a normal life and I go see my cardiologist only once a year.  So an infant heart murmur does'nt have to be as scary as it sounds.  I know heart surgery sounds awful but it really isnt.  Be glad they detected it early!!

Posted by CCF CARDIO MD - DLB on June 06, 1999 at 12:40:53
Dear Steve
The majority of heart murmurs pediatric cardiologists see are innocent murmurs. However, the evaluation is important because there can be serious causes of heart murmurs - fortunately most can be corrected.
I hope this has been useful. Feel free to write back with further questions. Good luck.
Information provided here is of a general nature.  Specific diagnoses and treatments can only be made by your doctor.  If you would like to be seen at the Cleveland Clinic, please call 1-800-CCF-CARE for an appointment with a cardiologist at Desk F15.



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