Childrenís Heart Murmur
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Many normal children have heart murmurs, but most children do not have heart disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses childrenís heart murmurs in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

A heart murmur is a noise that blood makes as it flows through the heart. Many healthy people have heart murmurs. About 80 percent of all children have a heart murmur at some time.

Most heart murmurs arenít an indication of anything being wrong. Your doctor may call these murmurs innocent or functional.

A normal murmur can get louder when the blood flows faster through the heart. Doctors often hear heart murmurs when they check children who have a fever. Many normal murmurs become hard to hear as children grow older. Some murmurs just go away.

Sometimes a heart problem causes a murmur. The heart may have a hole in it, a heart valve may leak or not open all the way.

If your doctor thinks that your child might have one of these heart problems, you may be asked to take your child to a pediatric cardiologist. The cardiologist will examine your child and might do tests to find out if there is a problem.

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