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Could congenital heart defects (one or more) be diagnosed later on in life?

Could congenital heart defects (one or more) be diagnosed later on in life?

Yes: Most congenital heart defects are diagnosed early in life. However, for many reasons, in some patients, a congenital heart defect may not be diagnosed until adulthood. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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Is it possible that congenital heart defects be detected on a regular prenatal ultrasound?

Is it possible that congenital heart defects be detected on a regular prenatal ultrasound?

Yes: Most important congenital heard defects can be detected by fetal ultrasound. The person (doctor or sonographer) needs to have a certain amount of training and expertise to make sure all of the appropriate images are obtained. Plus the physician (perinatologist or pediatric cardiologist) who is interpreting the images needs to have a full understanding of congenital heart disease. ...Read more

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Where can I find ultrasound images of fetal congenital heart defects?

Where can I find ultrasound images of fetal congenital heart defects?

Www.thefetus.net.: Try the above website for many fetal anomalies, including cardiac lesions. ...Read more

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If an unborn baby has congenital heart defects, should you still go through with the pregnancy?

If an unborn baby has congenital heart defects, should you still go through with the pregnancy?

Depends.: This is personal choice and depends on the genetic make-up of the baby, the presence of other anomalies and the severity of the cardiac defect(s). Genetic counseling and pediatric cardiology consultation are essential! http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/congenitalheartdefects/aboutcongenitalheartdefects/about-congenital-heart-defects_ucm_001217_article.Jsp. ...Read more

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Can congenital heart defects or certain drugs result in increased cardiac output? What else causes it? Mine is 7.2lmin squared.

Can congenital heart defects or certain drugs result in increased cardiac output? What else causes it? Mine is 7.2lmin squared.

CO = HR x SV: Cardiac output (co) is the volume of blood pumped per minute, and related to heart rate (hr) and stroke volume (sv) (volume per heart beat). It can be affected by many bodily activities. An increase in either hr or sv can result in inceased co. So any drug that increases hr (caffeine, etc) can result in incresed co. Certain congenital heart defects (such as septal defects) can alter co. ...Read more

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Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?

Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?

They can/some don't: Congenital heart defects include a number of conditions that vary greatly in their impact on final growth. The more severe the defect, the more likely it will require multiple surgeries and impair the bodies strength & growth. The cyanotic or blue baby group of defects are more likely to do this.Some defects, like the common small VSD self correct & seldom if ever alter the patients life. ...Read more

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Question about possible toxins causing congenital heart defects?

Question about possible toxins causing congenital heart defects?

Yes they can: Alcohol intake during pregnancy is toxic to the fetus & heart defects have been associated with its use. Lithium, sometimes used for depression is associated with a specific defect. There are others. To produce a defect the toxin must be in play prior to 8 wks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about baby with the same congenital heart defects?

Can you tell me about baby with the same congenital heart defects?

Confusing question: Your question is not specific enough to answer. What about chd's are you asking about? Please start over.Questions are not linked on the site. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could congenital heart defects be diagnosed later on in life?

Please tell me, could congenital heart defects be diagnosed later on in life?

Yes: The severe cases are diagnosed in kids. I have patients whose foramen ovale defects are diagnosed only now in their fifties, and only after an event that forces us to search deep into the problem. They were not diagnosed with usual echo and stress tests and thallium. So the answer is yes. ...Read more

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What do I need to tell my fiance about my future health? I have congenital heart defects.

What do I need to tell my fiance about my future health? I have congenital heart defects.

Depends on what type: Congenital heart disease comes in many flavors from minor to serious heart problems. Discuss the specifics of your disease with your heart doctor, typical conversations with a loved on would include discussions of your ongoing health including possibly needing further surgery, and your plans for contraception or children, which you may be advised against having. See http://www.Achaheart.Org. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could congenital heart defects (one or more) be diagnosed later on in life?

Please tell me, could congenital heart defects (one or more) be diagnosed later on in life?

Variable : Some congenital heart defects almost always present in the first few hours of life. Others, have a variable presentation and may present at any age. The most common standard congenital heart disease to present in adulthood is atrial septal defect. Bicuspid aortic valve also often presents in adulthood, and although it is a congenital anomaly, is not always included in the classification. ...Read more

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Is it possible for congenital heart defects (one or more) to be diagnosed later on in life?

Is it possible for congenital heart defects (one or more) to be diagnosed later on in life?

Depends: This depends on the defect. Some can hide and some do not.It is common for someone to go a whole lifetime with a minor issue like a patent foramen ovale (some don't consider it a defect).Some issues like a trivial leaking mitral valve are only evident because of advanced technology (echocardiogram).Other issues like a misdirected plumbing or holes between chambers are found in childhood. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has congenital heart defects?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has congenital heart defects?

Depends: Congenital heart disease covers a wide range from life-threatening to benign. Start with your pediatrician, who can refer you to a pediatric cardiologist, who can make the right diagnosis, and advise you about prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you explain which congenital heart defects produce mixing of oxygenated and unoxygenated blood and which ones increase ven?

Can you explain which congenital heart defects produce mixing of oxygenated and unoxygenated blood and which ones increase ven?

It's complicated: The right side of the heart pumps deoxygenated blood to the lungs; the left side pumps oxygenated blood to the body. Certain heart defects are characterized by holes between the left and right sides of the heart or between the lung arteries and the body's artery, allowing deoxygenated blood to flow from r->l (causing cyanosis) or oxygenated blood to flow from l->r (causing heart failure). ...Read more

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What is considered the number one way or treatment for congenital heart defects or "hole in heart"?

What is considered the number one way or treatment for congenital heart defects or "hole in heart"?

Depends: Depends on the defect, but in most if not all, it would require a surgical intervention to patch it. The urgency depends on the type of defect, age and overall condition at the time of diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is having congenital heart defects something to worry about? My wife is upset since my daughter's doctor visit.

Is having congenital heart defects something to worry about? My wife is upset since my daughter's doctor visit.

Depends...: There are a wide range of congenital heart defects. Some can be very serious, and require surgery to survive; others are much more benign. A good pediatric cardiologist can discuss your daughter's defect with you, as well as whether treatment or surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about congenital heart defects?

Can you tell me about congenital heart defects?

Be more specific: Congenital heart defects are come in all types. Some common, some rare. Also, the prognosis and treatments can be very different. Please ask a more specific question, or see a doctor, . ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
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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


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more