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A 29-year-old member asked:

What causes birth defects of the heart?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
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, .
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 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 47 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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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.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for heart-related birth defects?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
If a treatment is...: ...Needed at all, it is usually, sooner or later, surgical. An interim treatment with medication such as diuretics may be needed before surgery.
A member asked:

Are heart murmurs classified as birth defects?

13 doctor answers35 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: Murmurs that are not caused by an abnormality are common. They are called "functional murmurs", and are of no concern whatsoever.
Dr. Michael Moran
Cardiology 34 years experience
Depends, murmur due to a Bicuspid Aortic Valve, a Ventriculoseptal Defect (VSD), a patent Ductus Arteriosus, or others can have serious implications. You need to specify what the Murmur is due to, while it could be just a functional murmur, others may require further treatment.
Sep 14, 2013
A 51-year-old member asked:

How many different heart birth defects are there?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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.
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.

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