A heart murmur is a murmur that can be detected in the heart area. In about 80% of children, a heart murmur can be heard at least once in their lifetime. The decision regarding the urgency of the findings depends on a large number of data, and the scope is too broad to elaborate on here.
A rapid pulse is a common occurrence in pediatric medicine. When we are dealing with a rapid or slow pulse, the most important thing is whether the pulse is appropriate for the physical condition and age of the child. A rapid pulse in a crying baby with a fever is possibly completely normal, while the same pulse rate in an adolescent would be abnormal.
Sometimes we detect a rapid pulse that does not result from the body’s need to increase the heart’s capacity, and that requires examination. In such cases, ECG is an excellent initial test, and being sent to a pediatric cardiology specialist is routine practice. In any case, the detection of a rapid pulse, if it continues for a length of time, requires examination.