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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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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


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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

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Does diabetes cause fetal deformities?

Does diabetes cause fetal deformities?

Yes: Uncontrolled diabetes in the first trimester can cause birth defects in the baby, typically heart or skeletal defects. Gestational diabetes acquired later in pregnancy is typically not associated with fetal deformities, but can also cause problems such as a big baby or problems with the amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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What are the causes fetal heart defects?

What are the causes fetal heart defects?

Multifactorial.: Genetic, metabolic, infectious and environmental causes can lead to cardiac birth defects. Taking Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily for your reproductive life (18-50) can prevent 75% of those defects. ...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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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

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What causes heart defects?

What causes heart defects?

Many causes...: Unfortunately, there is no one specific cause. We currently state the cause is multifactorial. There are some gene defects which cause heart defects, but other defects are caused by multiple factors. Please discuss this with your doctor if you are concerned about potential heart defects in you or someone else. ...Read more

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What are death rates of congenital heart disease?

What are death rates of congenital heart disease?

Variable: This varies quite a bit with the chd under consideration. If you have a specific one in mind, please submit a new question with that in mind. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft (sertraline) cause heart defect in babies?

Does Zoloft (sertraline) cause heart defect in babies?

YES?NO: There are reports in the literature describing teratogenic effects of the ssri's (effects on the growing fetus) the evidence for causing heart problems is not conclusive yet, so it is hard to say with certainty that zoloft (sertraline) is the cause of heart defects. In any way, it is better to discuss this issue with your prescribing physician good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Does cardiomegaly cause heart failure?

Does cardiomegaly cause heart failure?

Possible relation: Cardiomegaly is an anatomical diagnosis which means that the heart is enlarged. Heart failure is a disease state known as congestive heart failure or chf. There are many causes of CHF and cardiomegaly is but one and really not the primary issue. ...Read more

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

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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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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Do amniotic sac disorders cause birth defects?

Do amniotic sac disorders cause birth defects?

Amniotic Fluid: Best discussed with your ob. Too much or too little amniotic fluid is associated with abnormalities in development and pregnancy complications. Differences in the amount of fluid may be the cause or the result of the problem. ...Read more

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