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Can A Child Have Dilated Cardiomyopathy Like An Adult
Yes: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and the heart is enlarged. The most common cause in childhood is an infection with a virus, often the same sorts of viruses that cause the stomach flu (enteroviruses). Some other causes include genetic problems, muscular dystrophy, toxic exposures (including drugs), heart rhythm problems and malformations of the heart. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dilated means that the heart is enlarged, & cardiomyopathy means sick heart muscle. There are many reasons for the heart muscle to get weak/dilated including genetic disorders, certain inflammatory conditions, & toxins including alcohol. Many cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Reversal of cardiomyopathy is sometimes possible with treatment, & new ...Read more
Virus yes, Sx no: The croup is a description of a group of similar respiratory illnesses that come to a common symptom.The deep cough of the 6m to 8yo sounds like a seal bark.The process is triggered by a variety of viruses that commonly cause uri's or laryngitis in adults.The reason for the barking noise is the vibrations made by the kids rubbery airway during a cough.The adult airway is to stiff to vibrate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe/maybe not: Infant murmurs are either defects that become obvious or represent transient innocent flow patterns. A true defect would be hard to hide before adulthood, but possible. Adult heart disease is more about age/plaque formation, rhythm disturbances. Some isolated childhood problems linger into adulthood but these are defect specific. ...Read more
Does any of these factors like stress, anxiety, tension, depression or smoking can cause dilated cardiomyopathy ?
Dilated Heart: No. The causes of dilated cardiomyopathy include damage to the heart from a heart attack due to atherosclerotic cardiac disease which affects the heart muscle or vessels to the heart. Other causes include certain infections and drugs such as Cocaine and alcohol. Certain medications can also cause this condition. Anxiety or stress do not cause this. ...Read more
Not sure: About 1 in 4 people have a pfo, a patent foramen ovale, or small opening between the atria. In most people, this is not significant, but in some it can result in tias - transient ischemic attacks - or even strokes and must be treated medically or surgically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
0.8%: Overall the incidence of congenital heart disease is about 8 per 1000 live births. The risk is higher when one of the parents has a congenital heart defect. The risk also increases for subsequent children once a couple has had a child with heart disease. It is also higher in association with certain exposures and syndromes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: You can develop an allergy at any time in your life. ...Read more
How does having a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affect a child's development, will they be small for his age?
It depends: Genetic syndromes like noonan's and what used to be called leopard are associated with hcm and small size but they have other physical characteristics that are clues for the pediatric cardiologist or pediatrician to refer to a geneticist. If these are not present, my local pediatric cardiologists tell me the kids can grow normally with proper care. Ask your child's doctors if you're concerned. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complicated: A 'heart murmur" means that one can hear blood flow with a stethoscope. Very nonspecific term. A "hole in the heart" is a connection between the circulation that supplies the lungs (right heart) and the circulation that supplies the body (left heart). There are various types of holes (defects). All of the holes/defects have the potential to cause a murmur. Echocardiography will help. ...Read more
Getting Pregnant: Of course. If you are healthy and still ovulating any sperm that is fresh can cause a pregnancy, regardless of the age of the man who produced the sperm. Now, many men who are above a certain age will have diminished sperm production and may find it harder to father a child if they wan to. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What causes a heart murmur? I was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. Should i be worried as an adult? What causes heart murmurs and are there any symptoms to look for?
A : A murmur is simply a sound coming from the heart.. It could mean nothing or be very serious and require treatment and follow -up. See a cardiologist and get an echocadiogram with doppler of your heart ..This will tell the story. And you will know exactly what you need to do if anything. Don't wait ! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes. : Diagnosis includes looking at the person’s medical history, watching the person’s behavior, & giving the person some psychological tests. But, it can be more challenging to DX an adult because it is not always possible to know about the person’s development during the first few yrs of life, and a long history of other diagnoses may complicate an ASD dx. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.htm. ...Read more
Inherited: Sickle cell anemia is hereditary. But it comes in several varieties depending what was inherited from parents. S-s is severe & usually diagnosed in infancy. S-a is carrier state & may go undetected into adulthood. Many variants are possible. This refers to how hemoglobin proteins are manufactured by red cells programmed by genes. See: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/sickle-cell-disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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