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Old 02-21-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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Heart murmer - my nephew

Hey everyone looking for a little insight here.
Usually I'm posting about myself but I have a question regarding my nephew.
He is just about to turn 3 and the dr while listening to his heart today determined he had a heart murmer.
Now I know that a lot of children are found to have a murmer at one time or another and it's perfectly fine... But the dr requested him to have an ECHO done. From listening to the murmer is it apparent that there was something not normal with the sound of this murmer? Also if there is infact something wrong what's the next step and what could be wrong?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.


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Old 02-21-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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Re: Heart murmer - my nephew

Greetings, Well in my opinion if the Dr. said that an Echocardiography was needed then perhaps that is the next step. The Echocardiography may discover other things that may be wrong because it is a diagnostic test. A heart murmur for some people may be positional and show up while sitting up but not laying down (or visa versa) etc. Of course everyone is in charge of their own healthcare and makes their own decisions for themselves and their children. Peace, sjb

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Old 03-10-2013, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: Heart murmer - my nephew

Hi. My youngest daughter had a heart murmur about 10 yrs ago. It was found by the GP when she had a chest infection. She had an echo done and it was diagnosed as Persistant Ductus Arteriosis. She was left for a further 6 months to see if it would close up itself. It didn't and she had surgery in Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and they thread the coil through her groin so she didnt have to have open heart surgery. She has recovered 100% from that but has a very minute leaky valve but no more surgery needed. This is very common and the echo shows exactly what is going on.

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