Top
20
Doctor insights on: Congenital Heart Defect

Share
Dr. Barton Cook
217 doctors shared insights

Congenital Heart Disease (Definition)

Congenital heart disease includes heart problems/abnormalities present at birth. This can include septal defects (holes), abnormality of heart valves and rhythm ...Read more


2

2
Are congenital heart defects hereditary?

Are congenital heart defects hereditary?

Depends on variables: There are a few syndromes with high frequency of specific heart defects that can have inheritance risk up to 50%. Most, however, are part of a complex inheritance pattern with around 5% risk.This 5% would include any pattern of congenital heart defect, not necessarily the same one. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Is ventricular or atrial septal defect hereditary?

Is ventricular or atrial septal defect hereditary?

Most cases no: The chances of being born with a heart defect are approximately 8 per every thousand deliveries (a little under 1%). Most babies born with a heart defect (asd, vsd or any of a multitude of others) have no family members with heart disease. Now, when there is a first line family member with a heart defect the chances increase to about 2-3%, so there may be some genetic component. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Is congenital heart disease genetic?

Is congenital heart disease genetic?

Some of it: Even though 8 out of every 1000 babies born will have have some form of heart defect, when there is a first line family member affected the number goes up to about 16-30/1000 (for some particular defects this number will be higher) so this would suggest a genetic component...We just haven't learned enough about genetics and the heart to be more precise, but this is changing every day. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Is a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) considered a chd (congenital heart defect)..?

Yes: Yes - if it persists then it would qualify as chd and if it is audible in a child past infancy then it would ordinarily be closed in the cathetization laboratory. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
7

7
What is fontan operation in congenital heart defects?

Fontan Procedure: The fontan is a surgery that connects the inferior venacava (ivc) to the pulmonary arteries. The fontan is the final surgery for patients who have a single ventricle or single ventricle physiology. This means that the blue blood, desaturated blood retruning to the heart is directed to the lungs without being pumped through the heart. ...Read more

8

8
Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

No: In fact, most babies with congenital heart disease are expected to reach adulthood. Some of the more severe lesions have up to a 30% mortality in the first year, however these are less common than the more treatable defects. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Could ventricular septal defect cause diastolic murmur?

Could ventricular septal defect cause diastolic murmur?

Two ways: A large vsd with increased pulmonary blood flow may cause a diastolic flow rumble caused by a large amount of flow coming back from the lungs across the mitral valve into the left ventricle. Perimembranous and supracristal vsds can cause aortic valve deformation, and subsequent development of a diastolic murmur of aortic valve insufficiency. ...Read more

10

10
Is atrial septal defect considered a heart disease?

Is atrial septal defect considered a heart disease?

Yes: Even though "disease" may carry a connotation of "infection" in every day language, in medicine it means that there is some pathology or abnormality. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
12

12
Can a patent ductus arteriosus cause heart murmur?

Can a patent ductus arteriosus cause heart murmur?

Yes: Many patients with patent ductus arteriosus (pda) will have a murmur, and that murmur is often described as machinery or continuous. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
Bicuspid heart valve disease causes?

Bicuspid heart valve disease causes?

Generally yes: With aging, other factors become superimposed such as onset of coronary disease, hypertension, and senescent changes in diastolic function. Moreover, the involved valve itself may gradually deteriorate. The net effect is often progressive worsening but this may not be noticed since people tend to slow down and do less activity as they age. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
Can ventricular septal defect cause diastolic or systolic murmur?

Can ventricular septal defect cause diastolic or systolic murmur?

Yes: Almost all vsd's cause a syhstolic murmur. Larger defects with a lot of flow across them cause a diastolic murmur from increased flow across the mitral valve. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Are heart valve abnormalities classified as birth defects?

Are heart valve abnormalities classified as birth defects?

Some: A bicuspid aortic valve or a prolapsing mitral valve are present from birth. Many other heart valve abnormalities are acquired, either through scarring from infection, calcium deposition, or mal-apposition due to dilatation of cardiac chambers, among other things. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
19

19
What is meaning of a congenital heart defect in baby, especially the atrial septal defect?

Unfinished formation: The heart develops originally from a long tube that folds on itself in the embryo & forms the main chambers & features. The walls between the chambers are outgrowths that come together. If the walls did not completely form a gap will exist.In the upper chamber if a gap is left the atrial septal defect is "unfinished formation". ...Read more

20

20
Cardiologists, what are the risks congenital heart defect corrective surgery?

Cardiologists, what are the risks congenital heart defect corrective surgery?

Depends on defect: Many factors contribute to risks of congenital heart disease Very simple defects usually routinely repaired and uneventful. More complex lesions more difficult and intricate to repair. Some fixes require multiple surgeries. Usually should be performed by experienced pediatric cardiac surgeons, Support personell help things run smoothly.Age of child and any associated comorbidities. ...Read more