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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, .
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Folic acid deficient: Folic acid deficieny can cause fetal heart defects! multiple genetic, drug, medical and environmental factors can predispose to fetal heart defects.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Missinformation: Heart defects occur sporadically and may reflect genetic,chromosomal, or toxic effects.Inheritance risk runs about 4% for any defect if one parent has one. There are some inherited syndromes that may have a heart defect where risk is up to 50%..Toxic effects (fetal alcohol) depends on timing and amount.Kids with abnormal chromosomes will often have a heart defect.

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Are heart birth defects cause for major concern?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Just started birth control again. There is clearish fluid discharging from breasts. What could it be?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Probably nothing: Birth control pills are known to cause hormonal resets in a woman's body. Breast is hormone regulated organ, so that is no surprise you are reacting the way you are. Chances are with the next cycle you may not have any, although, i did have patients who were lactating all along. In that case, i'd check prolactin level and rule out other causes for lactation.
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How does HDL cholesterol affect your chance of developing heart disease?

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Dr. James Strader
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High HDL lowers risk: You want your HDL to be as high as possible. A high HDL lowers the risk for coronary artery disease and other forms of vascular disease. The best way to raise your HDL is regular aerobic exercise, ideally 150 minutes /week, spread over 4-5 days.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does having a slow heart beat cause dizziness?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Poor blood flow: The balance centers of the brain depend on good blood flow to the brain. If the heart is beating slowly or is not pumping enough blood into the brain, you will feel dizzy. First is to lie down so that the blood flow does not have to go uphill. Next is to lift the legs to be sure enough blood is getting into the heart. If the brain does not get enough blood flow, you can pass out and fall.
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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