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Are heart birth defects cause for major concern?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Some more than others. Vsd, a type of "hole in the heart", sometimes closes on its own, while others may be life-threatening within minutes of birth.
Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hallanswered
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Yes: Sometimes heart defects are causes for major concern, especially if the baby has trouble breathing or turns blue. If your baby has symptoms, doctors will evaluate your baby's heart with a chest xray, ekg, and echocardiogram. If a serious defect is found, the baby may need medicine or surgery. Many times, though, small defects or holes are found that don't affect your baby or child very much.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What causes birth defects of the heart?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Several factors: The heart develops rather early so medication exposure in the first trimester can sometimes cause heart problems. Chromosomal or genetic issues also can cause heart problems, .
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of heart birth defects?

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Cells getting lost: It's a nonspecific question you asked, but most "congenital heart defects" are caused by the cells failing to go where they're supposed to as the heart is developing. That's why the majority of these problems require surgical correction; because something just isn't in the right place.

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