7 yr old daughter with heart murmur

Mandi - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Just curious, my daughter has had a "functional" heart murmur since birth. I was told this was normal, but should go away by age 5. She and her twin sister just turned 7 and she still has the murmur and now her DR would like me to take her to see a pediatric cardiologist and recieve and EKG.
Anyone else have this situation? Not sure I should mess with it...even for peace of mind. Opinions?

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Rexann - posted on 01/14/2010

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Mandi as you know every child is different!! it just may take time to grow out of it!! Please do have it look at. My daughter was born with it and we keeped up with normal doc ck ups and one time we had a scare where they heard it on the back but not the frount. So we had an ultersound and ekg done! Come to find out she was fine!! She finaly grew out of hers about 10-11 years old. I keeped her active ( which is what ehr doc recommend) by letting her joining sports and encourged out side activitys.She is now 16 and wounderful. We still keep an eye on it but so far it is doing great!! Just remember on thing ekgs does not hurt!!! U should be able to be there right with her when it is done also. My prays go out to you and your family.

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Melissa - posted on 11/13/2012

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my son is 6 years old and has a heart mumur, im going to receive receive his results today, from the ekg and several blood work. hopefully its not as bad . in some situations u might to have to get surgery and some cases just meds. im still researching on this , and will gladly let you know how things went so u can have an idea.his doctor put him abuteral for the first time to help him calm down because he's very active , but i just read that in some cases that abuteral and some congestion medicines can cause the heart to increase to 160 beats a minute faster than a child normal heart rate of up to 100 beats per minute. im a very concerned and curious mom so i will get down to the point on this one for the safety of my child, and hopefully some parents can have some helpful tips and most of their concerns could be help.

Cynthia - posted on 02/27/2010

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I am in the exact same situation with my 7yr old son.He was diagnosed with a "fuctional " murmur 3 years ago. He has had some complaints lately so he is going to the cardiologist on thursday. We have a daughter that was born with pulmonary vavle stenosis and heart defects run in both our families, so when it comes to our kids, we feel it's better safe than sorry. In my opinion it's better to have it checked out than to regret it latter on.

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2010

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It wouldn't hurt to get it check out. I was told I had mitral valve prolapse growing up. Found out when I was 26 and 2 kids later that I had a VSD that needed to be repaired right away. I would be easier to have something done about it now then when she gets older if that's what the Dr's decide. I have 2 cardio kids myself and I'm glad that they didn't have to go through what I did. The technology now is great. Get a second opionon too. Your Dr. may hear something that may not show up for anyone else.

Karen - posted on 01/07/2010

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Definitely have it checked out. My daughter's heart murmer was detected at her 4month old check up and we've seen a Ped Cardioligist ever since. My daughter has a hole in her heart which all the Dr.s agree that if it's going to close on it's own it will in the first year, so I'm surprised that they gave you so many years to watch yours w/o determining what is casing the murmer.

Melissa - posted on 01/05/2010

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Two of my three children have heart murmurs. They have both had them since birth. My 4 year old had one in the upper and one in the lower as well as other heart conditions and my 2 year old has one in the upper. They have both been seeing a pediatric cardiologist since they were found every six months to a year depending on how it looks when they do the EKG. There really is nothing to it and it wouldn't be a bad idea to have it looked at. Just for your piece of mind. With my 4 year old his heart rate would drop depending on how deep the murmur was. The EKG is just a simple test they put stickers on their chest and hook up 7 or 8 wires and it reads their heart rate. Mine have one every 6 months as well as an ECHO which is an ultrasound of their heart.

Hope this helps. You have nothing to worry about but, for piece of mind i would do it.

Maria - posted on 01/04/2010

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Hi Mandi, my oldet son was 5 weeks premature and at his 3 month check up they found a murmur but they did a chest xray almost immediately and discovered that he has an underlying heart condition with affects his aorta. He is now 7 years old and is okay for the minute, he has to take medication but he manages this very well and we see a cardiologist every 6 months. They have told us that he will need an operation to replace both pulmery and aorta value but not just yet. I think that if your Dr has recommended a EKG then it is always best to get it clarified. They may also do a chest xray and an Echo scan (david has to have this done everytime we go to see his cardiologist). I have found that no question is a silly or stupid question when you get to see a consultant. David has had 3 different consultants and now he has the best in the country as he believes that David's case is an interesting one. Try not to worry too much (i know that is easy for me to say). When are you going to have the EKG done? If you need to vent or ask questions we are aways here.



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