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20 week scan, told baby may have hole in heart and being sent to check it out next week. How common is this? Is baby ok?

20 week scan, told baby may have hole in heart and being sent to check it out next week. How common is this? Is baby ok?

Wait for results: You are being sent to check it out - this means a more detailed study. At that time they should be able to tell you if it is serious or not. Your 20 week scan was screening for problems. The higher level test will provide more detail. A heart problem is present in 8 of 1000 babies, many do just fine. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Septostomy (Definition)

Septostomy is a procedure similar to an amniocentesis that may be performed on a woman who is carrying twins. A needle is placed into the uterus under ultrasound guidance and a hole is made in the membranes between the two babies. This allows the amniotic fluid pressure to become more equal on both ...Read more


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Can you tell me more about born with hole in heart and murmur as an adult?

Can you tell me more about born with hole in heart and murmur as an adult?

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

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Are babies hearts scanned when they are born as routine? If not do you agree they should be?

Are babies hearts scanned when they are born as routine? If not do you agree they should be?

Echocardiogram : The answer is no for both questions . Routinely cardiac echo is not done for all newborns . It is not cost effective procedure and not needed for the majority of newborns . The newborn who presents with cardiac signs and symptoms like cyanosis or heart murmur will require further cardiac workup that might include echocardiogram . Thank you. ...Read more

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When isit up my heart beats faster and my head hurts until I sit down again I was born with alcohal infant syndrome ?

When isit up my heart beats faster and my head hurts until I sit down again   I was born with alcohal infant syndrome   ?

Alcolic Infant : Manifestation is not related to kids born of alcoholic mother.It could be postural, or related to your nervous sys. Tension can bring about rapid heart rate and headache. ...Read more

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What happens if there is a hole in heart what wil happen?

What happens if there is a hole in heart what wil happen?

Depends: Depends on the size, the age of the patient, whether it's new and a result of heart attack or if it's been present since birth. In the worse cases, it cause congestive heart failure and occasionally can be the cause of a stroke. ...Read more

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Can there be restrictions on exercise for hole in heart?

Can there be restrictions on exercise for hole in heart?

Hole: 'hole in the heart' is usually either atrial or ventricular septal defect. To make exercise recommendations it is necessary to know the type and size of the shunt. In general we believe exercise is good for most folks. For large shunts however, the increased cadiac output can cause severe increases in shunt flow and problems. You need to discuss with your dr. Your specifics. ...Read more

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My cousin has a ' hole in heart' between the two atria. Will he be okay?

My cousin has a ' hole in heart' between the two atria. Will he be okay?

Probably: Most congenital heart defects are a combination of several defects. A lot of them require some degree of shunting to allow the patient to survive like an asd. In older patients these holes usually need to be closed before they cause heart failure or stroke. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of hole in heart birth defect occur?

What is the likelihood of hole in heart birth defect occur?

Depends: It depends on the size, the type, and what methods are used to look for it. Broadly, atrial septal defect occurs in 1 in 1500 live births. Patent foramen ovale is extremely common and present in 10-20% of all adults but not significant. ...Read more