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5 year old with on again offagian chest pain!
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5 year old with on again offagian chest pain!

My 5 year old daughter has a VSD and as come to me several times in the past 2 months telling me her heart hurts. I don't know if I should be concerned or not I don't want to rush her to the hospital if we don't need to. I am in the process of finding a new Dr. for the girls. Should I be worried???
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If your daughter has a small VSD, then she would be at no increased risk for heart problems than any other child.  The vast majority of children who say their "heart hurts" are not having heart pain at all; rather they are having transient chest discomfort, often the equivalent of a growing pain.  If your child looks well when she makes this statement, and is not pale or breathing hard, then you likely have nothing to worry about.  You can also ask your child's pediatric cardiologist if they have any other concerns, since they know her specific heart issues.
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