A heart murmur is an out of place sound made by the heart. This can be an extra beat or an unusual sound which may cause some concern.
This can arise in babies and children. In reality, heart murmurs can be prevalent in young children and neither they nor their parents will know about it.
Dr Nader Elgharably, is a General Paediatrician who specialises in neonatal and paediatric oriented echo clinics for heart murmurs, he said “an abnormal heart sound can sound like ‘rain or a waterfall’” when he is reviewing a child.
More than 66% of children and approximately 75% of newborns have normal heart murmurs, more often than less, it can be an ‘innocent murmur,’ however, it is always important to get this checked and seek medical advice from your GP or a Paediatric Cardiac Specialist, such as Dr Elgharably.
A simple scan, called an Echocardiography, is the most common test used in children to diagnose or rule out heart disease. An Echocardiography (ultrasound heart scan) is performed to diagnose or exclude a structural heart defect and used to evaluate cardiac function. It is a quick and painless scan with fast results.
“While there’s not much you can do to prevent a heart murmur, it is reassuring to know that heart murmurs are not a disease and are often harmless.”
Dr Elgharably’s dedication to his profession lets parents know that they are in safe hands.
“The field of paediatrics with special interest in Cardiology is full of excitement. There is always new knowledge to learn, new cases to see every day, I enjoy being able to support babies in early stages as well as supporting parents and directing them to the right services.”
To arrange to see Dr Elgharably call us on 0203 2770160 or visit our website www.sterlinghealthcaregroup.com