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how many different heart birth defects are there?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
Several: There are several types of heart defects, but doctors usually classify them into several broad categories. Cyanotic defects cause your baby to turn cyanotic, or blue. Obstructive defects block the normal flow of blood through the heart and its associated blood vessels. Septal defects cause "holes" between the heart's chambers. And hypoplastic defects make one side of the heart smaller.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Many: There are heart defects that involve the connecting blood vessels in intrauterine life. There are defects involving the valves of the heart and incomplete closure of the walls between the chambers, in addition to any combination of the above. There are also conditions where the chambers fail to form properly.

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When does postpartum depression usually present after giving birth?

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Is it safe to take birth control while taking antibiotics?

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Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

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