Valentina’s Innocent Heart Murmur
Things got a little shaken up here for us a few weeks ago.
During Valentina’s routine yearly checkup to the pediatrician, doc thought she heard a heart murmur during the exam. Obviously this was kind of shocking news as at four years old, this was never mentioned before.
The doctor recommended we follow up with a pediatric cardiologist. So, we made the appointment as soon as we returned home as we wanted answers. I kept wondering how something like this could develop. I’d only ever heard of heart murmurs in newborn babies since becoming a mom.
The more I GOOGLED, I know, I know, but how can one NOT! I read that it is possible for children to develop a hear murmur from an acute illness such as a fever or they can develop a tiny hole in the wall of the heart which closes as the child grows.
Valentina had her follow up with the cardiologist a week after her annual checkup. It was the Monday after Thanksgiving and I remember getting the automated confirmation call from the hospital the night of Thanksgiving. I was caught off guard when the phone rang with the automated message. I thought something was wrong. Good grief how emotions run wild for a Mom.
She went to school the morning of her appointment and TJ picked her up and took her to her ECG – Electrocardiogram. She was tired from school and a bit worried that this appointment would hurt. She had gotten a flu shot and a finger prick for a blood draw at the pediatrician and didn’t like it! We assured her this appointment would have zero pain.
Weird for a four year old to be “admitted” with a bracelet ID and hooked up to a bunch of sticker tags with wires all over her tiny body. She was a trooper and the test was over in minutes. There was a lovely technician who was kind and gentle with Val. Thank G-D for healthcare professionals with kind hearts.
After her test, TJ waited to see the doctor and go over the results. I was texting him like crazy because all of this seemed to be taking forever. I was home while Anthony napped and waiting for Gabriella to get off the bus.
The results were that Valentina has an INNOCENT HEAR MURMUR. Innocent heart murmurs are common in healthy children and are harmless. They can come and go throughout life. Innocent heart murmurs are usually diagnosed between infancy and early childhood during routine checkups. Many children who have an innocent heart murmur, outgrow it. Children with an innocent heart murmur do not experience any symptoms other than the murmur sound. They do not have heart disease.
WHAT A RELIF. I was so worried that this might be something more and worried about how this would change her lifestyle. I’m so glad that she doesn’t have to limit her activities or stop playing sports or dance.