About half of all children will exhibit a heart murmur at some point, but in many cases, the condition is harmless, Dr. Gira Morchi, a cardiologist at CHOC Children’s Heart Institute, tells “American Health Journal.”
A heart murmur is a whooshing or swooshing sound made my blood flowing through the heart, Dr. Morchi says. The sound’s intensity, loudness and location can help differentiate between a normal and abnormal murmur, she adds.
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Gira Morchi, M.D., completed her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I. and completed her fellowship program in pediatric cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/The Children’s Hospital in Denver.
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