Posted By Tracy Trull on June 15, 1998 at 14:06:10:
In Reply to: qustions on small childern posted by juanita on June 15, 1998 at 00:35:00:
you don't ansever qustions on small kids we ask one about a week ago because my daughter was worried about a heart murmer
she was worried when the doc told her
What are innocent heart murmurs?
Innocent heart murmurs are sounds made by the blood circulating through the chambers and valves of the heart or through blood vessels near the heart. They are sometimes referred to by other names such as "functional" or "physiologic" murmurs.
Are innocent heart murmurs normal?
Innocent murmurs are common in children and are quite harmless. In fact, they are so common that in any group of children a large percentage are likely to have had one at some time. Innocent murmurs also may disappear and then reappear. Most innocent murmurs disappear when a child reaches adulthood, though some adults still have them. When a child's heart rate changes, such as during excitement or fear, the innocent murmurs may become louder or softer. This still does not mean that the murmur is abnormal.
Sometimes, when a doctor first hears the murmur through a stethoscope, he or she may want to have other tests done to be sure the murmur is innocent. After that, there is no need for a cardiac reevaluation unless the patient or doctor have further questions. In addition, the child doesn't need medication, will have no cardiac symptoms, and does not have a heart problem or heart disease. A parent doesn't need to pamper the child or restrict his or her diet or activities. The child can be as active as any other normal, healthy child.