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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

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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My mom has severe COPD,coronary artery disease peripheral vascular disease. She has a deep/dark bluish purple bruise across her entire stomach. Burns?

My mom has severe COPD,coronary artery disease peripheral vascular disease. She has a deep/dark bluish purple  bruise across her entire stomach. Burns?

See someone: Ruby, your mom is at risk for a lot of things and already has significant diseases. If she is on any kind of blood thinner, this could be just a bruise but bruises don't normally "burn". So she should really talk to, and ideally see her doctor and soon. ...Read more

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What causes sweating in coronary heart disease?

Fight or Flight: Sweating occurs due to activation of the symptomatic nervous system with a "fight or flight" response. Researchers have discovered that sweating appears to be the symptom that prompts more people suffering a heart attack to get to the hospital. ...Read more

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Is swollen feet a sign of congestive heart failure ?

Is swollen feet a sign of congestive heart failure ?

It can be: Sometimes this can be from other causes, like local issues with the veins in the legs. However, it can be a sign of chf. You should get checked out. ...Read more

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What caused what? Dm, anemia, htn, hyperlipidemia, peripheral vascular disease, coronary art.Disease, pulm.Htn, copd, chf, afib, kidney dis., andcva?

What caused what? Dm, anemia, htn, hyperlipidemia, peripheral vascular disease, coronary art.Disease, pulm.Htn, copd, chf, afib,  kidney dis., andcva?

Difficult to say: Lot of the listed diagnoses may be caused by environmental or dietary habits like poor diet and tobacco use, although hereditary predilection may also play a role. Chronic effects of tobacco on the health of an individual has been extensively documented and it's listed at this cdc link: http://www.Cdc.Gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.Htm. ...Read more

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How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

Flow demands: The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta without going through the lungs. Mom also does the work of providing nutrients, removing waste & keeping temperature stable. After birth, the heart must pump thru the lungs & do more work. The additional load can lead the heart to fail. ...Read more

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How could they affect coronary artery disease or ischemic heart disease ?

How could they affect coronary artery disease or ischemic heart disease ?

Medical therapy: if one has a tendancy for vascular disease - coronary artery disease being one area we are concerned about - then we have a reasonable set of recommendations to minimize disease progression, and even cause regression. These recs include: optimal weight, daily exercise, low fat/veg/mediterranean diets, lipid Rx, aspirin. other medicines like beta blockers or acei inhibitors can be helpful ...Read more

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Can malnutrition worsen 13 year olds congenital heart defect-tetralogy of Fallot, valve regurgitation, and various holes throughout the heart?

Can malnutrition worsen 13 year olds congenital heart defect-tetralogy of Fallot, valve regurgitation, and various holes throughout the heart?

Yes, because...: Malnutrition worsens everything related to a one's health, both mentally and physically. In the U.S., with it's economic wealth and ample food supply, there is little malnutrition, except for people who have very little variety in their diets, who refuse to eat, who cannot eat due to medical problems, or who cannot absorb nutrients from their food. Heart is muscle, and muscles need good nutrition. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is congenital heart disease?

What sort of disease is congenital heart disease?

Born with it: It is a heart defect you are born with. It may be simple, moderate, or very serious. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. Just under 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect, often minor and temporary. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later. ...Read more

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How are coronary and congenital heart disease different?

How are coronary and congenital heart disease different?

Difference: Congenital heart disease means you are born with it. Rarely coronary arteries are the main problem, usually it is one of the more common structural deformities. Coronary heart disease is disease of the coronary arteries, generally as a result of lifestyle issues such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, etc. ...Read more

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How commonly is congenital heart disease genetic?

How commonly is congenital heart disease genetic?

Polygenic problem: The information that codes for proper heart formation is shared by many genes on chromosomes. Genetic studies show linkage, where a person with a form of chd has a 4% chance of having a first degree relative with any form of chd as well as a 4% risk of having a child with a chd. A few rare syndromes have higher genetic risk (dominant = 50%) that sometimes have chd as part of the syndrome. ...Read more

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How often do?Congenital heart disease present as?Heart failure?

Rarely in utero.: Even severe fetal cardiac defects rarely cause fetal hydrops or heart failure. On the other hand, many severe defects can present as florid cardiac failure in the nursery or the first few days/weeks of life and prompt expert care is mandatory. See: http://texaschildrens.Org/locate/doctors/ayres, -nancy/. ...Read more

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Is CHF due mainly to heart valve disease?

Is CHF due mainly to heart valve disease?

No: The most common cause of heart disease in United States is coronary artery disease. Subsequently, coronary artery disease also causes this largest amount of congestive heart failure. Valve disease is an important cause of congestive heart failure but not the most common cause of congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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Bilatral leg odema , more on rt.Side, normal liver, heart, kidneys .Causes?

Bilatral leg odema , more on rt.Side, normal liver, heart, kidneys .Causes?

Edema: Need to be concerned about veins, varicosities, venous insufficiency, venous obstruction all are possible. Are you obese? An exam to look for mechanical obstruction and checking the proteins in your blood as well as any meds your taking will also be needed. ...Read more

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Are kawasaki syndrome (or kawasaki disease) and heart murmur related?

Are kawasaki syndrome (or kawasaki disease) and heart murmur related?

Occasionally: Kawasaki disease can lead to most commonly a specific rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and specific changes to the lips/tongue and hands/feet. However, there are specific changes that can occur in the heart. Occasionally this may lead to a murmur, which is a specific sound of blood flowing through the heart. Most often, though, kawasaki disease causes heart inflammation without a murmur. ...Read more

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What causes coronary heart disease?

What causes coronary heart disease?

Cholesterol: Cholesterol builds up in the wall of the arteries resulting in progressive narrowing. This process is accelerated by smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, inflammation (high c-reactive protein), and oxidative damage through aging. ...Read more

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What causes coronary heart disease?

What causes coronary heart disease?

Atherosclerosis: Depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes , family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding coronary artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term.Ekg and lab tests show the damage. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between coronary heart disease, heart disease and cardiovascular disease ?

Is there a difference between coronary heart disease, heart disease and cardiovascular disease ?

A bit..: Coronary heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease can involve disease of other blood vessels, including the carotid arteries, aorta, and the peripheral blood vessels particularly of the legs. ...Read more

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Is congenital heart disease a disease associated with aging?

Is congenital heart disease a disease associated with aging?

Not specificly: The sporadic occurrence of congenital heart disease in a baby is influenced by many factors including heredity & toxic exposure. Maternal /paternal age at conception does not seem to have a direct influence unless a chromosome defect comes into play. Then advanced maternal age increases risk of trisomy & each chromosome defect has a higher risk of a heart defect. ...Read more

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Is inherited heart disease different from other heart disease?

Is inherited heart disease different from other heart disease?

In large part, no.: There are inherited factors that will make a person at high risk for heart disease (atherosclerotic disease). These include abnormal cholesterol profile, diabetes mellitus, family history of heart disease at young age, essential hypertension. So-called environmental factors, such as smoking, obesity, chronic stress, are also important. Aging starts in your twenties. Start a healthy lifestyle today. ...Read more

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Purple Feet (Definition)

Changes of the coloration of the feet to a bluish or purple color can have many causes and should be evaluated by a physician. Among the potential causes can include venous reflux disease, blood clot, arterial insufficiency, inflammation, ...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