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Doctor insights on: Does Congenital Heart Defects Cause Developmental Delay In Child

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Congenital Heart Disease (Definition)

Congenital heart diseases are conditions affecting the heart's structure or function and that exist at birth. They can range from having no effect to being life-threatening, and these effects can start soon after birth ...Read more


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Can you tell me how is a child is affected in daily life, from having congenital heart defects?

Can you tell me how is a child is affected in daily life, from having congenital heart defects?

Too vague: Congenital heart defect is an incredibly broad term, encompassing critical life-threatening & debilitating conditions as well as transient defects with no real clinical effect. The more severe defects may be irreparable or may require multiple surgeries & procedures with significant symptoms & activity restrictions. Conversely, mild defects may resolve or may not need any special consideration. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how congenital heart defects will affect my child's overall health.?

Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how congenital heart defects will affect my child's overall health.?

Depends...: ...On what the disease is. Some are devastating, some are surgically correctable, and some get better without treatment and have no effect on longevity or health. ...Read more

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I think my child may have congenital heart defects. What would that mean?

I think my child may have congenital heart defects. What would that mean?

A number of things: The prognosis for children with congenital heart defects really depends on the exact nature of the defect. Some are easily correctable by surgery, some don't need surgery at all and others need a series of more complicated surgeries. In any case keeping in close contact with your pediatrician and cardiologist is very important. Good nutrition will help your child heal well. ...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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Are there any known causes of congenital heart defects?

Are there any known causes of congenital heart defects?

Some causes: Heredity some families have more than one generation with defects. Congenital syndromes such as Down syndrome, Holt-Oram, Trisomies 13 and 18. Smoking and alcohol abuse during pregnancy have been associated with heart defects. In most instances cause of heart defect not known. ...Read more

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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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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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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Developmental Delay (Definition)

As children move along in age, they should also do so in developmental stages of motor, languag, and personal social areas. When these areas lag expectations, it is ...Read more