A 46-year-old member asked:
i need your expertise, is a hole in the heart of an infant/results of incest?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Cardiology 44 years experience
No: If you include all kinds of congenital heart defects, (even minor ones), the incidence is 75 per 1000 births - it has nothing to do with incest.
A 50-year-old member asked:
What is the hole in an infants heart that heals itself called?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Pediatrics
There's a few: Pre-birth, there are a couple ways blood goes around the normal circulation, and the hole between the upper chambers, the atria, is called the foramen ovale. That usually closes a few days after delivery. Sometimes there can be holes between the ventricles, the lower chambers. Those aren't supposed to be there, but they often will close on their own anyways, but should be monitored.
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