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my preceptor that I thought I heard a murmur and she said that I was right that this child has a heart murmur. My preceptor said that her murmur was an innocent heart murmur. An innocent heart murmur is one that does not include tachypnea, tachycardia, hepatomegaly, or evidence of palpable ventricular enlargement (Etoom, & Ratnapalan, 2014).My preceptor said that the child was diagnosed with this before she started coming to thisclinic. Innocent heart murmurs have no cardiac pathology (Burns, Dunn, Brady, Star, & Blosser, 2013). Prior to this class I would have assumed that even without symptoms a heart murmur would have something to do with the heart and therefore the patient would need a cardiologist.
This patient was a very healthy 6-year-old with no problems. This was very interesting to me and I learned a lot from this experience. I am glad that I got the chance to hear it and to learn more about them from our course readings and my preceptor.ReferenceAmerican Heart Association. (2016). Heart murmurs. Retrieved from ood/Heart-Murmurs_UCM_314208_Article.jspBurns, C. E., Dunn, A. M., Brady, M. A., Starr, N. B., & Blosser, C. G. (2013). Pediatric primary care(5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.Etoom, Y., & Ratnapalan, S. (2014). Evaluation of Children With Heart Murmurs. Clinical Pediatrics, 53(2), 111-117. doi:10.1177/0009922813488653