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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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My daughter has a heart murmur, is that bad ?

I took her to the Dr s today and her dr told me that she has a small hole in her heart....she couldn t explain very much to me but they prescribe some medication that she has to take for the rest of her life....what other signs should I be aware of about her condidtion???? oh yeah and she is 3....brandon might be haveing a heart attack...
Fri, 5 Mar 2010
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I have a heart condition called Dilated Cardio Myopathy that I've had most of my life. When you find out you have a defective heart you try to find out as much about it as possible. I've done a little research on heart murmurs my self. What I've found is that a heart murmur is a small hole between the ventricles of the heart. That small hole will allow oxygen rich blood to mix with oxygen deficient blood traveling to the lungs. Instead of the heart having a nice thump thump rhythm it will have a squish squish sound when listening to it beat. It's a fairly common condition. In some instances where the murmur occurs in a child, the hole could repair itself as she grows older.
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Sometimes, I get this sharp kind of pain in my heart, like having a mild heart attack. I would have to hold my breath or try to breathe really slow and easy until the pain goes away. It's been happening ever since I was in elementary school and Now I only get the sharp pain every blue moon.

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