Roberts SBHC NP Detects Student’s Heart Murmur

An 11 year old patient was seen in the SBHC for a well child check. The patient had a history of dizziness for a few years that had generally been improving and therefore was dismissed. On the exam in the SBHC, the nurse practitioner detected an unusual sounding heart murmur. Upon further questioning, it was discovered that the patient had recently been experiencing chest pain with activity. The patient was referred to cardiology and it was determined he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a potentially fatal heart condition with a better prognosis when detected and treated early. The patient’s mother returned to the SBHC the next day, gratefully praising the SBHC for taking the time to listen to her concerns for the first time, “You saved my son’s life.”

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