A 48-year-old member asked:
congenital heart disease - when do you get clubbing of the fingers?
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Dr. Cristina Carballoanswered
Neonatology 39 years experience
Later: This complication usually occurs in late toddler stage and older.
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Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
With low oxygen: One of the main causes of clubbing (where the tip of your fingers become bulbous appearing) is long standing low blood oxygen as a result of heart abnormalities that prevent full passage of blood through the lungs (why this happens is not clear). Liver disease can also cause clubbing so you should see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Are congenital defects the same as birth defects?
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Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Here is a primer on the terms
congenital refers to being present at birth.
Anomalies, abnormalities, defects are often used interchangeably. Not all are genetic or familial.
Malformation and deformation mean different things. Malformation is an anomaly due to abnormal formation of a structure. Deformation is a change in a structure due to forces like pressure, eg, in cases of low amniotic fluid.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Will he need surgery to relieve heart burn?
4 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Probably not: Surgery is rare in children with gastroesophageal reflux disease, the usual cause of "heartburn." nearly all cases of reflux can be treated with special feeding techniques or medicine. Surgery is only used in very rare cases of severe, chronic reflux, or in children who are neurologically impaired (in these cases, reflux can lead to pneumonia). A healthy baby with reflux won't need surgery.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
If I took indoethacin in my last weeks of pregnancy, should the fetal heart rate be monitored on a daily basis?
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Specializes in Gynecology
Depends: Indomethacin taken frequently over a long period of time can cause a transient change in the fetal heart circulation (in doctor speak it closes the ductus arteriosus). Small doses for only a few days, which is usually the only thing we would do, is not particularly dangerous. Check with your doctor on why you are taking it and whether monitoring is needed.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Will my blood clot put me at risk for a heart attack or a stroke?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Probably Not: The major risk of venous blood clots is that they can travel to the lungs as a pulmonary embolus, which can be deadly. This is the main reason clots need to be treated. Rarely, if a person has a common heart defect or a rare artery clot, clots can lead to stroke. Heart attacks with blood clots would almost always be related to pulmonary emboli, rather than the clot itself.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
I have a kidney failure. Am I more likely to have a heart attack?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
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