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Old 19.11.2010, 13:12
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Re: Heart murmur in children

Nil, take a deep breath.

I had a heart murmur until my late teens. The only inconvenience I had was having to take medication before going to the dentist...something about gums bleeding.

As has been stated several times, heart murmurs are fairly common, and a great majority of them (like mine) will correct themselves as the child gets older.
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Old 19.11.2010, 13:25
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Re: Heart murmur in children

I had one as baby - young child, but it cleared up when I was around 5. As far as I know it's nothing out of the ordinary, and not normally grounds for concern, but the good thing is that it's been detected and the doctors can now keep an eye on it.

Don't worry too much.
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Re: Heart murmur in children

My sister discovered she had one at the age of 21 when she had a comprehensive medical for her new job. She'd had good health all her life and never had any kind of medical check-up.

The doctor said to her, "You're in good health except for your heart murmur." She was so shocked but the doctor had assumed she must already know about it.

It hasn't stopped her doing anything, including giving birth naturally to twins in her late 30s.
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Old 19.11.2010, 14:06
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Re: Heart murmur in children

My son was also diagnosed with a heart murmur during a normal periodic medical check when he was a baby. Like you, I was terribly shocked and worried and somehow didn't ask all the questions I should have whilst in the doctor's. I rang my sister in law in the UK who is a senior nurse. She was absolutely amazed that anyone had even bothered to listen to his heart (she said it wouldn't happen in the UK unless a problem had already been identified). She reassured me that it was very common in young children and usually disappears of its own accord.

When my husband rang our paedistrician to ask what we should do about the heart murmur, he said the same thing and said that he would simply monitor it. We weren't referred to a cardiologist. My son is now 12 and no longer has the heart murmur - I'm not exactly sure when it disappeared.

Its almost impossible not to worry about a child's health, but I think it is a very common thing. I'm sure the cardiologist will reassure you.
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Old 19.11.2010, 17:09
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Re: Heart murmur in children

Have been told my whole life I have a heart murmur... has never caused me any problems.
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Old 19.11.2010, 19:27
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Re: Heart murmur in children

There are many different kinds of murmurs. Just ask specifically which one this is. It's never sure what it is without an electrocardiographe (exactly like an ultrasound for pregnancy, nothing scarey).

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Re: Heart murmur in children

Hi there

My son was picked up with the same thing and went for the scan in zurich and they found nothing at all. Hope that it is the same for you. I think the Drs tend to be quite cautious here.
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Re: Heart murmur in children

Nil,

One of my daughters had it. It was not discovered in USA nor in CH but in Romania It is quite common in small kids and goes away in few years. How old is your kid? Our girl was 'diagnosed' around 7months, at one year we had a good check up in here at Kinderspital Zurich and at 2 was gone.
Usually it means a irregular blood flow through the heart because one of the valves is not closing properly. When the heart is mature enough the problem is gone (at least our case). Do not worry about development. My girl is part of a pair (twins) and I can confidently tell you there are no development consequences.
Your kid may get tired quite fast and may breathe heavily but as long as you do not see her as marathon runner there is no problem.
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Old 22.11.2010, 16:23
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Re: Heart murmur in children

My wife and her sister have a very mild heart murmur and as far as I know it has never affected either of them in the slightest. I've got a feeling they did keep an eye on it during her pregnancies though.
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Old 22.11.2010, 16:34
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Re: Heart murmur in children

Hey Nil, i also have a heart murmur, i was diagnosed when i was 11 and had to have a cardiogram because i wanted to join a sports team. I was heavily involved with sports from the age of 5 to the age of 16 with no problems.
I have never had any issues with my heart, I go for a cardiogram every few years and the scariest thing i've ever heard from a doctor was to avoid lifting weight as i am getting older!
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Re: Heart murmur in children

At one point, as an adult, I was told that I had a "very quiet" heart murmur. Presumably it has always been there, and previous doctors had simply not had the ears to hear it, or didn't think it was worth mentioning. Since a perfectly treatable stress triggered heart condition runs in my family, I ended up having a stress echo-cardiogram (walk on a treadmill with a bunch of leads glued to you, then have an ultrasound while your heart rate is still high). I won't say it was a comfortable experience, but it wasn't terrible. The stress echo was entirely normal, and totally worth the peace of mind.

I then learned that if you check the "heart murmur" box on a US dentist office's questionnaire they make you go see a doctor and/or take an antibiotic before cleaning your teeth. Eventually I decided it wasn't worth the trouble and stopped checking that box. Maybe I'll suddenly remember if I ever need something serious like a root canal.

The plural of anecdote is not data, but I suspect that the murmur is probably nothing, and if it isn't nothing it is probably quite treatable. So just relax, and be glad that you can have it checked out sooner rather than later.
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Old 22.11.2010, 17:16
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Nil, good luck and wishing your good test results! I live with heart arrhythmia not that it would bug me much, my mom has it too, grand dad had it, seems like heart irregularities are a lot more common than one would think, most are benign. Good rhythmic vibes your way!
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Re: Heart murmur in children

Remember you are in Switzerland and in my experience they over medicate, diagnose, double check and risk assess everything.

On the good side this means your little one will be as thoroughly checked as it's possible to be and like most of the posters say here a heart murmur is a long way from heart disease! And that's assuming that is what it transpires to be.

On the downside, it's obviously freaking you out.

As bad as it is now, wouldn't you rather be informed so you can do something about it? (not much comfort but I'll try and adopt a rational position)

If it helps, I have my fingers crossed for pleasant news.
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Old 22.11.2010, 17:48
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Eh Nil ! Stop worrying !Cannut has all his 8 fingers crossed for you and your daughter ,Everyting will turn out just fine , trust me .Hugs and kisses
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Old 22.11.2010, 23:03
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Re: Heart murmur in children

Honestly guys, I feel much more calm after I shared it with you. The amount of feedback and experiences shared by all of you is very sweet and kind.

I can't thank you enough for this support. I really do feel much better and I am able to calmly wait for the appointment in 3 weeks.

My daugher's heart didn't show an sign of murmur before this fall. The doctor heard it once but didn't wnt to say something, it was during a visit while she was sick from the flu in september. She had few days of fever and it was possibly coming from it. But this time, she was there for her 2 years old routine shots and she was in good shape. He could hear it very well.

So what make it not detectable before and detectable now? Was it there before or did it appeared later? We don't know.

Maybe it is something else mistaking for a murmur. Maybe it is nothing at all. Anyway, will see with the cardiogram.

To have so many people here with a murmur and having a perfect normal and healthy life is nice to hear.

Thank you! I will for sure let you know the results of Little Princess*.


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Old 22.11.2010, 23:07
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Re: Heart murmur in children

The heart changes in a toddler which is why certain heart murmurs are only heard after the age of one.

Insist on an electrocardiography (heart ultrasound) not just an electrocardiogram.

Hugs sweetheart and just stop thinking about it until the day of the appointment.

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Old 22.11.2010, 23:08
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Re: Heart murmur in children

Hi, looks like you got alot of responses Everyone cares so much about you That is wonderful.
I have a heart murmur, I`m active, fit and I have no problems at all
Sometimes I cough a bit to when I run like crazy..lol..so I don`t do that anymore
My "condition" is called Vitra Valve prolaps ( i think that is how it`s spelled) so, please don`t worry you have a healthy child
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Hi, looks like you got alot of responses Everyone cares so much about you That is wonderful.
I have a heart murmur, I`m active, fit and I have no problems at all
Sometimes I cough a bit to when I run like crazy..lol..so I don`t do that anymore
My "condition" is called Vitra Valve prolaps ( i think that is how it`s spelled) so, please don`t worry you have a healthy child
Mitral valve prolapse.
Basically the valve on the left side of the heart doesn't close properly when the heart pumps from the atrium to the ventricule.
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