Posted By Melissa on May 05, 1999 at 20:23:03
Hi I posted on 5/3 child having dizzy spells. I was wondering if all heart abnormalities could be diagnosed with hearing a heart murmur. My son always feels dizzy after over exerting himself. Someone mentioned bradycardia could this be diagnosed with hearing a heart murmur. What are some of the questions that I should ask the doctors when we go. What test should I suggest that they run. Thanks for your help
Posted By CCF CARDIO MD-APS on May 07, 1999 at 11:24:21
NO, not all hert conditions can be diagnosed on physical exam of the heart, nor with hearing a murmur.
There are many causes of dizziness, and a few are secondary to heart conditions.
Leave the doctor's job to the doctor, allow him or her to do the history and physical exam, as well as his/her assessment that will lead to one or more tests.
Meanwhile, you be the mom, and expect the doctor to at least try to get to the root of your son's symptoms, if not reassure you that he is alright after a full and normal examination. If there are other tests to be performed always ask the indication, the risks and the benefits involved.
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