When is a heart murmur the sign of a problem?
Sometimes a heart murmur indicates a problem with your child's heart, such as:
- A hole in the heart
- A leak in a heart valve
- A narrow heart valve
Remember, innocent heart murmurs are very common in healthy children with normal hearts, and pose no health threats. If you have any questions about your child's heart murmur, talk to your family doctor.
Heart Murmurs in Pedatric Patients: When Do You Refer? by ME McConnell, M.D., SB Adkins III, M.D., and DW. Hannon, M.D. (American Family Physician August 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990800ap/558.html)
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