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A 51-year-old member asked:

Are heart valve abnormalities classified as birth defects?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: If the valvular abnormalities are present from birth, then they are birth defects.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 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 42 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
A Verified Doctoranswered
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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