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Heart Murmurs

Expert, Gentle Care for Heart Murmurs in Children

Young girl being examined by Nemours doctor for a heart murmur.

Heart murmurs are common in children, and they can range from mild to serious. Heart murmurs may be congenital (present at birth), or they can develop over time. Because there’s often another condition that causes the heart murmur, it’s important to see a specialist. You can trust the experienced children’s heart experts at Nemours. 

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons (specialize in surgical procedures of the chest) are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and identify the cause of your child’s murmur, and if treatment is needed. Our Nemours Cardiac Center teams care for your child and family from diagnosis through treatment — and help your child live their life to the fullest. 

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Conditions We Treat That May Cause Heart Murmur

Treatment for heart murmurs depends on the cause, since they’re often the result of another medical condition, including:

Services We Offer for Heart Murmurs

Once the pediatric cardiology team at Nemours has identified the underlying cause of your child’s heart murmur, we offer a full range of services to treat heart murmur in children effectively.

  • Cardiology. Nonsurgical heart care and monitoring that includes medications to help prevent blood clots, remove extra fluid in the body, control blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and lower heart rate. 
  • Heart Surgery. If medications aren’t enough to manage your child’s heart murmur, the pediatric cardiologist may recommend surgery — such as valve repair or valve replacement.

Why Choose Us for Heart Murmur Care

Whatever the cause of your child’s heart murmur, our Nemours Cardiac Center team has the experience to provide efficient diagnosis and treatment. Many are named to the Best Doctors in America® list, year after year. 

Regional Highlights of Our Heart Murmur Care

Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer care for kids with heart murmurs at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware in Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours Children's Health locations.

We offer for kids with heart murmurs at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.  

  • Our renowned pediatric care team in the Nemours Cardiac Center at Nemours Children’s Hospital is just for cardiac patients. We also offer leading-edge capabilities to detect heart problems early, including babies still in the womb — giving children the best chance. Our Nemours Center for Fetal Care is available at multiple locations throughout Central Florida.

We offer care for kids with heart murmurs at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola and our hospital affiliate, West Florida Healthcare, with outpatient and follow-up appointments also available at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

  • Our Nemours Cardiac Center in located in Pensacola is home to one of the few accredited pediatric transthoracic and fetal echocardiography labs in Florida and, if needed, facilitate the transfer of extremely ill children between our Nemours Cardiac Center locations (e.g., to Nemours Children’s Hospital).  

Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

KidsHealth Library

Learn more about your child’s medical condition from the experts at Nemours’ KidsHealth.