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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about congenital heart defects?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 24 years experience
Be more specific: Congenital heart defects are come in all types. Some common, some rare. Also, the prognosis and treatments can be very different. Please ask a more specific question, or see a doctor, .

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Are congenital heart defects hereditary?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
They can be.: Multifactorial inheritance is seen with most congenital defects (including cardiac), meaning they more likely to recur in future pregnancies if the first one is affected (or if the mother or father is affected). Obviously, syndromic cases will have stronger genetic inheritance and more mendelian vertical transmission.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are some signs of congenital heart defects?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
Many: Shortness of breath, dusky appearance & arryrhythimias can all be signs amongst others. Get an echocardiogram and consult with an age appropriate cardiologist.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are congenital heart defects caused by hot tubs?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
They can be,: Saunas can increase the maternal core temperature and lead to fetal anatomical defects, particularly open neural tube and cardiac.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Could congenital heart defects be diagnosed later on in life?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 32 years experience
Yes: A heart defect you are born with does not mean it will be diagnosed early. It may be mild, moderate, or very serious. Serious problems are usually found quickly. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. About 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Frequently not usual: Some congenital cardiac defects can be lethal - but most are not.

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