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DD1 has had this heart murmur from birth, and we've been keeping check on it. It has never been a big deal until now. After our year 2 cardiologist appointment the doc said it was smaller and should be closed by year 3. Well, we have moved since, and her new doc could still hear it. We got an echo today that will be sent off to a pediatric cardiologist in Tenn. to be evaluated (we're off grid), and we have to wait 2 weeks to get his report. In the meantime, has anyone dealt with these murmurs before? What do you do about those that don't go away when they think they should?
 

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Murmurs usually get louder as they get smaller. My 6 yo. still has a murmur. It's pretty loud now. It's good to keep checking on it but don't worry!
 

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You might try asking in the Special Needs Forum. There is a group of mamas with babies with heart issues over there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My DD has had one her entire life (she is 6). It is a "grade 3", but the cardiologist said her ekg was looked good.<br><br>
The treatment depends on what is causing the murmur.
 

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What's causing it? I assume if you're having cardiology followups there must be a congenital heart disease of some sort? Has she ever had an echocardiogram?
 

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She has had 2 echocardiograms and 1 ultrasound. She was born with the murmur. A flap that closes one of the valves off is not closing all the way. That is the only explanation we've gotten really. I'm not sure. It just seemed real nonchalant before and we didn't worry all that much. I had a murmur as a child that went away, so I thought no big deal. Now, it seems like it is more of one. I guess I'll know more when her tests come back.
 

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Ok a valve prolapse. What the implications are depends a lot on which valve it was. (Pulmonary, mitral, etc.) Have them write down the exact diagnosis so you can look stuff up at home would be my advice.<br><br>
Not all murmurs are caused by a heart defect, some are just functional (ie a personal quirk that doesn't mean anything). Sounds like your daughter does have a structural issue though. Good luck with the tests, and when you know the exact diagnosis definitely come back here and update, there are lots of moms with heart experience here who can offer advice and support.
 
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