Category: “Common Heart Questions”

The Fetal Echocardiogram: What is it and who needs it?

A fetal echocardiogram is a detailed ultrasound of the baby’s heart performed before the baby is born.  It is a more comprehensive evaluation of the heart than what is done during the typical obstetrical ultrasound.  A fetal echocardiogram can evaluate both the structure and function of the...

Congenital Heart Disease and Winter Illnesses

As we continue to experience the wonderful “arctic freeze” that is Dallas/Fort Worth, everyone is hearing of the dreaded flu outbreak that is coursing across the entire nation.  As you read this article, physicians like us at PHS are getting emails about hospitals “at capacity”, and...

Heart murmurs: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Whenever a parent hears that their child has a heart murmur it is a scary feeling. Many questions and concerns come into focus very quickly. The word murmur is so often misused that the word itself can cause great anxiety. Murmur just means an extra sound in the heart cycle that we hear between the “lub”...

A very common innocent heart murmur

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...