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
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.
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