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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 new born baby could have a heart murmur, how serious is that?

My new born baby could have a heart murmur, how serious is that?

It is uncertain : A murmur is an extra sound. The causes are many and range from normal sounds to mild defects that do not require treatment, to serious problems that may require surgery. A complete evaluation is necessary to know for sure. ...Read more

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Can graves disease effect my unborn baby?

Can graves disease effect my unborn baby?

Yes: Possible complications of graves' disease during pregnancy include preterm birth, fetal thyroid dysfunction, poor fetal growth and preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a maternal condition that results in high blood pressure and elevated protein in urine. ...Read more

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What problems could a baby be born with if mother had cardiomyopathy during pregnancy?

What problems could a baby be born with if mother had cardiomyopathy during pregnancy?

Minimal: The risk of cardiomyopathy in pregnancy is to the mother, not the fetus. That said, if cardiomyopathy were severe it might necessitate early delivery of the infant, which could have a negative impact on its health. This would be rare, though. Any mother with cardiomyopathy should get expert counseling from a cardiologist and a maternal fetal medicine physician before choosing to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Doctor thinks our baby has a heart mumur. How many babies have heart murmurs?

Doctor thinks our baby has a heart mumur.  How many babies have heart murmurs?

Many: Many babies have heart murmurs, but most do not have heart disease. Approximately 1 in 100 babies are born with heart disease, so it is important that your baby have a full evaluation by a pediatrician and possibly a pediatric cardiologist if your doctor thinks it is necessary. ...Read more

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How does a baby with congenital heart disease affect the family its born in too ?

How does a baby with congenital heart disease affect the family its born in too ?

Depends: Some problems are relatively simple to fix and after repair will be just fine and require little additional concern. More severe conditions may require multiple surgical procedures and require the allocation of major financial and emotional resources with expected increased stress levels. And some children will never be ok or will die. Good luck. ...Read more

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My parents dont have coronary disease symptoms. But my grant parents from both sides died from heart disease. Does it mean I have heredity or not?

My parents dont have coronary disease symptoms. But my grant parents from both sides died from heart disease. Does it mean I have heredity or not?

You do: If no symptoms for your parents, it does not mean they do not have mild asymptomatic disease. Your family history is positive for coronary artery disease and that will count as a point in your risk stratification for coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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Both my kids have innocent heart murmur is it possible that I could have a heart condition too I have hypothyroid but my heart has sharp pain ?

Both my kids have innocent heart murmur is it possible that I could have a heart condition too I have hypothyroid but my heart has sharp pain ?

Innocent murmurs: There is no known inheritance issues with innocent murmurs and they tend to resolve with time. Innocent implies no disease. It a sound created within a normal heart and is not a disease. Your symptoms may be entirely separate. Be assessed. I hope all goes well. ...Read more

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How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into ?

How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into ?

As any Baby..: Any new born baby brings joy and stress to their new parents and family. You do not mention what type of congenital heart disease, as they vary in severity from very mild to very severe. The level of care an impact to the family dynamics will be affected depending on this. Surround yourself with a good base of support and a medical team to care for the medical aspect. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Why is baby born with addison disease?

Why is baby born with addison disease?

Genetic causes: Sorry to hear your baby has addison's. There are several different forms, some more serious than others, & the cause depends on what type of addison's, but generally it is caused by genetic problems from one or both parents or a genetic mutation that occurred early in development. Though the language is rather technical, see http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/919077-overview#aw2aab6b2b3aa. ...Read more

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Can you tell by ultrasound if a baby has congential heart defects?

Can you tell by ultrasound if a baby has congential heart defects?

Depends: The results of a prenatal ultrasound depend on the sensitivity of the equipment used, the technician and the person interpreting the study. Some studies are fine for locating the fetal position, placental location and estimating fetal size, but little more. Most newer machines are capable of picking up most defects but a few will not be evident. Newborn exam and postnatal study may be needed. ...Read more

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Doctor said that my baby might have fifth disease. So what is fifth disease?

Doctor said that my baby might have fifth disease. So what is fifth disease?

Fifth disease: Fifth disease is caused by a virus, parvo virus b14, the rash starts from the face giving appearance of slapped face and then spreads to other parts.It may start with cold like symptoms before rash appears.The rash spares palms and hands, and soles of the feet.The rash completely clears without any treatment in 1 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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My mom died of heart disease in her 90s. What is my risk if no other health problems?

My mom died of heart disease in her 90s. What is my risk if no other health problems?

Low: Family history is only one aspect of your risk. You need to also take into account high blood pressure, cholesterol level, sugar abnormalities, activity levels, age, genetic, weight...If you recently saw a physician and was told you have no health problems, then i would say your risk of having heart disease is very low. ...Read more

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What could cause calcium deposits around an unborn child's heart?

What could cause calcium deposits around an unborn child's heart?

ECF: Echogenic cardiac focus? This is what it sounds like. Nobody knows what they are. From my reading they seem to have no impact on the child's health once born. I have always suspected that what looks like "calcium" on ultrasound is actually tough fibrous tissue. ...Read more

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Does a child born with left heart ventricle syndrome have a high risk of ODD?

Does a child born with left heart ventricle syndrome have a high risk of ODD?

No?: I assume you ODD is obsession defiant disorder. There isn't a clear relationship although the environment seems to play a in ODD. ...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