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i need your expertise, is a hole in the heart of an infant/results of incest?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

What is the hole in an infants heart that heals itself called?

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Dr. Michael Amster
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.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Hole between the upper chambers is an ASD or Atrial septal defect. Hole between the ventricles is called VSD or ventricular septal defect and is the more common one that often does heal over time.
Jan 3, 2012

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