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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

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 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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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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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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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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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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