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A 51-year-old member asked:

Are heart birth defects cause for major concern?

2 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 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 39 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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What causes birth defects of the heart?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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31 years experience
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, .

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