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Are heart valve abnormalities classified as birth defects?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: If the valvular abnormalities are present from birth, then they are birth defects.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Children's heart valve abnormalities are classified as birth defects if the abnormalities were present at birth, which is the usual case. A person can get a heart valve defect later, such as due to infection or trauma.
Dr. James Chapman
Cardiology 41 years experience
Some: A bicuspid aortic valve or a prolapsing mitral valve are present from birth. Many other heart valve abnormalities are acquired, either through scarring from infection, calcium deposition, or mal-apposition due to dilatation of cardiac chambers, among other things.

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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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