Category: “Common Heart Questions”

3 common innocent murmurs in children

Heart murmurs in children are very common. A heart murmur just means a sound. Some heart murmurs are sounds produced by actual defects or abnormalities with the heart. For example, a ventricular septal defect (a hole in the wall separating the lower 2 chambers of the heart) makes a very specific noise as blood...

Effects of altitude on children with congenital heart disease

One question I frequently get from parents is whether it’s safe to travel with their children with congenital heart disease to high-altitude areas. Two considerations immediately come to mind: 1) what type of heart defect does the child have? and 2) specifically what altitude will you be traveling to? The...

What is an EKG?

Most children who visit the cardiologist’s office will have several tests done to evaluate the heart. One test typically performed is called an EKG or an ECG, both of which stand for electrocardiogram. While most parents understand that this is a quick test that evaluates the heart, many people do not actually...

Vasovagal syncope

Your child has recently had an episode of fainting, and your pediatrician has decided that they should be evaluated by a cardiologist. While there are many causes for fainting, or syncope, one of the most important to rule out is a malfunction of the heart. Luckily, in an otherwise healthy child, heart related...