Caring for Children with Heart Murmurs

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Heart murmurs are very common. Most murmurs are not a cause for concern and do not affect a childs health. Other heart murmurs can indicate a problem with the heart. This type of murmur is caused by problems inside the heart. Dr. Edward Hill discusses care for heart murmurs in children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Childrens innocent heart murmurs can be heard when the heart is normal and do not cause harm or increase risk of other health problems.

No special precautions are needed and no restrictions are placed on activity. As a child grows older, the murmur may lessen and eventually disappear.

Children with innocent murmurs do not need specific follow-up or diagnostic studies.

Children with a murmur may be referred to a pediatric cardiologist if

there is a family history of sudden death.

the child has had chest pain with exercise, palpitations or fainting spells.

the child has a history of poor growth, is easily tired or cannot keep up with peers while playing.

the murmur does not follow the pattern of an innocent murmur.

the child has trouble breathing or cyanosis, a bluish discoloration of the fingers or lips, indicating low levels of oxygen in the blood, or

there is edema, or swelling of legs and feet and enlargement of the liver.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.