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2/10/09

TTUHSC Pediatrician says heart murmurs aren't always cause for alarm

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The majority of heart murmurs in infants are called "innocent murmurs", meaning they are usually not a big deal, and they may even come and go.  Tuesday, in our segment HealthWise at Five, Dr. Vasum Peiris, a pediatric cardiologist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, says parents can watch for clues when a certain heart murmur needs closer attention.  

Dr. Pieris says, "There are some symptoms and I think it's something you want to discuss with your primary care provider.  But the symptoms you want to pay attention to, especially in an infant is poor feeding habits, they're getting really tired when they're trying to feed, they're breathing extremely fast, regularly, not just up and down- babies breathe fast and slow every now and again- but they're always breathing fast, or they're just not gaining the weight that they need to."

So, if you're concerned, talk to your doctor.  However, Dr. Pieris says most murmurs are not a concern and he adds that innocent murmurs usually sound even louder when a child is sick.

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