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Does Congenital Heart Disease Cause Failure To Thrive
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Is it possible for MRSA infections to cause coronary artery disease and lead to congestive heart failure?
CVD CHF: Cvd is a general term to describe a spectrum of condition when arteries cannot provide enough oxygen to tissue (brain, heart, kidney, liver, all your organs), this can make you prone to strokes, heart attack, leg amputation, kidney failure, emboli, blood clots, heart failure (heart's inability to pump blood efficiently to body, so you feel weak, tire, short of breath). ...Read more
Lots of things: Among the more preventable causes of heart disease are smoking, being overweight, type 2 diabetes, poor exercise and eating habits, high cholesterol and excessive alcohol intake. If you have a family history of heart disease then you need to be especially careful to manage these risk factors. The american heart association has some great resources at www.Heart.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does Rheumatic Heart Disease lead to rhythm issues? Which ones are common with RHD? How does RHD present on echocardiogram?
Atrial arrhythmia : Rheumatic heart disease results in one or multiple valves becoming stenotic or obstructed thereby leading to increased intracardiac pressures in the upstream chambers. That in turn causes dilatation of the atria And electrical instability (arrhythmia). Valve morphology on echo would be highly suggestive of RHD as it has a tell tale pattern well described. Treat valve disease to heal ...Read more
Unknown...: Children with progeria are genetically predisposed to premature, progressive heart disease. Death occurs almost exclusively due to widespread heart disease. As with any person suffering from heart disease, the common events for progeria children are strokes, high blood pressure, angina, enlarged heart, and heart failure, all conditions associated with aging. ...Read more
The FDA says "No": In 2007 the fda published a piece to address public concern that early research raised. They announced that they believed there was no need to fear a greater risk of heart disease when compared to a population that had surgery instead of medication. This does not mean there is no increased risk, just not worse. Talk with your doctor about dietary and other lifestyle ideas too. You may not need it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Left heart failure: Left ventricle is the main pumping chamber of the heart and damage to that chamber either from a heart attack or a cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump the blood delivered to it and backs up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. This can be caused by left heart failure, and can also lead to both chambers failing. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coronary disease/CAD: CAD can lead to weakened or poorly functioning heart muscle. The mitral valve is anchored to that muscle and will leak if CAD is severe enough. Rheumatic heart disease can lead to valve stenosis due to calcification, but has become less likely in the era of antibiotics. Also, being born with a bicuspid aortic valve (normally 3 cusps) can lead to calcification and narrowing at 50-60 years of age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multifactorial: The inheritance of congenital heart defects follows a different pattern than commonly thought of genetic traits like skin or eye color. The risk to any newborn is a little less than 1%. The risk of a subsequent child i higher - about 2-3%. The risk to the child if the mother (or father although the numbers are lower)is affected is about 6-8% and varies with the defect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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