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How to determine if I have a heart defect?

How to determine if I have a heart defect?

Heart defect: Is diagnosed by history, physical and echocardiography, supplemented as necessary by other testing. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting my brother's heart defect?

Get cardiology evalu: It's estimated that 4 to 20 liveborn infants per 1000 have a cardiac malformation. Around 40% diagnosed during the first year if live. True prevalence may be higher. Bicuspid valve, the most common cardiac malformation is excluded from the estimates. The genetic contribution have been underestimated in the past. A lot of new data emerging. Go the aha scientific statements in chd and genetics. ...Read more

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Is it likely I will have another baby with the same heart defect?

Is it likely I will have another baby with the same heart defect?

No: The recurrence risk of a normal parent having a second kid with a congenital heart lesion (any type) is about 4%. If mom or dad had one it would double. A repeat of the same defect is rare, but can occur if it is part of an inherited syndrome. A consultation with a geneticist, usually found at a childrens hospital or medical school would help sort this out. ...Read more

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Are there ways to live a normal life with a serious heart defect?

Yes: I do not know your specifics but changes in lifestyle, including nutrition, secondary and primary prevention measures, close follow up with your physicians should make a different. Of course, we can't change genetics and its consequences. ...Read more

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If I had a heart defect, what is the risk my children might have one?

If I had a heart defect, what is the risk my children might have one?

Depends: It depends on what the defect is and if you have any other congenital conditions that go along with it. It's hard to make a global statement for all heart defects. You're correct, though, that it is something to consider - some defects do have a familial preponderance although rarely 100%. ...Read more

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Do you think it is very probable I will have another baby with same heart defect?

Do you think it is very probable I will have another baby with same heart defect?

No: Given most congenital heart defects are random occurrence, it is very unlikely sibling develop same type of heart defect. ...Read more

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Should I get medical attention for my child if she has symptoms of a heart defect?

Should I get medical attention for my child if she has symptoms of a heart defect?

Yes: Infants have a predictable pattern of daily activities that parents will know better than anyone. They should play with vigor, feed with interest and rest well when tired. If you think the work of breathing is increasing, feeds take longer and are interrupted to breathe, baby may have lung or heart issues. Sweating with feeds or pale or bluish color changes too. Have baby seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the chances of second baby having heart defect, if the first baby had a defect?

What are the chances of second baby having heart defect, if the first baby had a defect?

Usually 3-5%: Heart defects occur in 0.8% of all babies. They occur in 3-5% of all first degree relatives of people with congenital heart defects. Some of this depends on your first baby's defect. There are some defects that are associated with specific genetic abnormalities, in which case the risk would be higher. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend says they have a heart defect. How do you find out if you do?

Need more details: Need a full evlauation as o what defect? Asd/? Vsd// etc need a cardiac imaging? Echo results can guide theerapy
not all defects need treatments. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the chance of my future kids inheriting my brother's heart defect?

Could you tell me what's the chance of my future kids inheriting my brother's heart defect?

Not very likely: Parent to child inheritance of any form of congenital heart defect (not necessarily the same) runs about 4%. Uncle to child is much less likely as these issues involve sites on several different gene sites (multifactoial). The risk of some unexpected outcome to any pregnancy (cleft palate, prematurity, infection, etc.) runs about 4%. Chd in the general population runs ~1/500. ...Read more

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I have a problem about my weight. I'm getting fatter because of eating. That's not good càuse I have a heart defect (VSD). What shàll I do? Thank you

I have a problem about my weight. I'm getting fatter because of eating. That's not good càuse I have a heart defect (VSD). What shàll I do? Thank you

Eat less, & exercise: Obesity can be overcome by a permanent change in lifestyle and in personal outlook. If a person eats fewer calories than she needs to live on each day, her body will use the stored fuel (will burn fat). If a person exercises more than she did before, but does not start eating more calories, then her body will use up the fat (stored fuel). Easier said than done, but definitely possible to do. ...Read more

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What are different types of heart defects?

What are different types of heart defects?

Mild to severe.: Vsds are common and mild (murmurs - aka hole in the heart), but other defects are more complex and rare. See: http://texaschildrens. Org/locate/doctors/ayres, -nancy/. ...Read more

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What are the physical impacts of heart defects?

What are the physical impacts of heart defects?

Varies with type: The impact of the defect depends on the type of defect. Some defects have virtually no physical signs, and your baby or child may look and act perfectly normal and have no restreictions. Other types of heart defects can pose serious restrictions on the child, from bluish or grayish coloring to fatigue, poor feeding, lack of growth or exercise intolerance just to name a few. ...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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What causes birth defects of the heart?

What causes birth defects of the heart?

Several factors: The heart develops rather early so medication exposure in the first trimester can sometimes cause heart problems. Chromosomal or genetic issues also can cause heart problems, . ...Read more

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What are the causes of heart birth defects?

What are the causes of heart birth defects?

Genes, environ, luck: A mix of genetics, exposure & chance. The formation of the heart is a very complex process as a simple vascular tube transforms into a specialized pump intertwining 2 separate circulations. Sometimes cells fail to migrate or grow-->may lead to septal defects. Structures may not form, and if they interfere with bloodflow (e.g., valve not opening), then downstream structures don't grow or develop. ...Read more

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Are heart murmurs classified as birth defects?

Are heart murmurs classified as birth defects?

No: Murmurs that are not caused by an abnormality are common. They are called "functional murmurs", and are of no concern whatsoever. ...Read more

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Define non reversible (fixed) defects in hearts?

Define non reversible (fixed) defects in hearts?

Reversible: We use the terminology with respect to nuclear perfusion images of the heart muscle. When there is an image defect that does not fill in on follow up imaging, we call this nonreversible or fixed. It usually suggests scar of the myocardium rather than temporary decrease in blood flow to the area. ...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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Has anyone had a PFO heart defect closed?

Everybody has one: The patent foramen ovale (pfo) is a structure all of us have that allows blood circulation to bypass the lungs before birth. After birth, the rise in blood oxygen content from air breathing triggers a gradual closing of the fo. In premi's, it is more likely to remain open & sometimes meds can trigger closure the first wk or so. Persisting fo's can be tied off surgically or closed through a catheter. ...Read more

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What type of scan checks for heart defects?

What type of scan checks for heart defects?

Ultrasound: Conventionally, "heart defects" refers to an abnormality in the heart that is congenital, or present at birth. Almost all congenital heart defects can be diagnosed successfully by echocardiography (heart ultrasound) particularly if the ultrasound lab and interpreting cardiologist have experience in congenital heart disease (pediatric cardiologist.). ...Read more

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Could these heart defects be diagnosed together?

Need more informatio: Which defects? Prior questions are not linked, so I am uncertain which defects you are referring to. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What would be a heart defect that affects the ventricles?

What would be a heart defect that affects the ventricles?

Ventricles: Heart attack affects the ventricles. Ventricular septal defect affects the ventricles, myocarditis affects the ventricles ...Read more

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How long can children live with big uncorrected heart defects?

How long can children live with big uncorrected heart defects?

Chd: Usually a life expectancy's lower with unrepaired congenital heart defects, it depends on the type of the defect to know what is expected life expectancy is ...Read more

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Please answer! What would be a heart defect that would have to do your ventricles?

Please answer! What would be a heart defect that would have to do your ventricles?

Ventricles: It could mean a small hole between the two ventricles or large hole, or it could be a smaller then normal left ventricle. ...Read more

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I have reverible defects in parts of my heart moderate to severe, what does that mean?

I have reverible defects in parts of my heart moderate to severe, what does that mean?

Need evaluation: Reversible defects on nuclear scanning suggests blockage in the blood flow to the heart muscle. Usually this is followed up by further examinations, such as coronary angiography. See your cardiologist for further discussion. ...Read more

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If human heart regeneration becomes possible, would the heart of a person with a defect likely regenerate the defect? ...

If human heart regeneration becomes possible, would the heart of a person with a defect likely regenerate the defect? ...

Cardiac regeneration: Regenerating healthy heart muscle is a major objective of cardiovascular researchers around the world. Our group & others have shown that stem cells have the potential to help heal damaged hearts. It's early in the development of this new therapy, & we have much yet to learn. Repairing specific cardiac defects with regenerative medicine may be possible by delivery to the right part of the heart. ...Read more

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I have 2 kids one has a major heart defect and has aspergers syndrome. My other was born 100% healthy. What are my odds of having another healthy baby?

I have 2 kids one has a major heart defect and has aspergers syndrome. My other was born 100% healthy. What are my odds of having another healthy baby?

It Depends: There may be more factors to consider before arriving at reasonably predictable odds. I suggest, you seek out a medical geneticist for your best answer. There are dna tests needed along with a precise history from both sides of the family; then the odds can be calculated. It would, in my opinion, be unethical to give you the answer you want without having much more data. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could a 2 week ultrasound detect a heart defect?

Could a 2 week ultrasound detect a heart defect?

Sometimes: Pediatric echocardiography can be helpful in evaluating the heart musculature and contribute to making a diagnosis (along with other studies the doctor will order). It is not invasive, not uncomfortable for the patient. Usually requires a specialist to perform the ultrasonography. ...Read more

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Are migraines and heart defects linked to one another?

Migraines and PFO's: I think the answer is possibly. 28 million American's suffer from migraines. Several studies have shown that those with migraines may have a higher incidence of residual PFO (Patent foramen ovale) which is a normal structure between the upper 2 chambers of the heart that is suppose to close after birth. A study in the Am. Journal of Cardiology (Feb 2008) may be a good source of information for you ...Read more

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Bradycardia and rbbb, history heart defect?

Bradycardia and rbbb, history heart defect?

Get seen: Some folks are born with problems with the av node and its branches ("right bundle branch block", etc.), or a tiny heart attack or a bit of amyloid or a few other things can cause troubles here as well. A cardiologist visit's probably in order, and you may end up chatting about whether you want an electronic pacemaker. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a congenital heart defect?

What are the symptoms of a congenital heart defect?

They vary widely: A congenital heart defect may be so mild that there are no symptoms during an individual's lifetime. At the other end of the spectrum, there may be severe distress at the time of birth. There are many different types of congenital heart defects and levels of severity such that a description of common symptoms is usually related to a specific defect. ...Read more

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How many babies with heart defect have bad chromosomes?

Heart Defects: Not all babies born with heart problems have problems with their chromosomes, however, there is an association of chromosomal abnormalities such as down's syndrome, trisomy 21, with cardiac abnormalities. Hope this helps you. ...Read more

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If I have been treated for heart defect can I ride a roller coaster?

If I have been treated for heart defect can I ride a roller coaster?

Yes: No reason that I can think of, however, knowing exactly what you were treated for would be better. So this is a general answer. ...Read more

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I have three heart defects, what would be my average life expectancy?

I have three heart defects, what would be my average life expectancy?

Varaiable: The answer to this question depends on what the three defects are, the individual severity of each of those defects, the treatments that have been provided, and the relative success of those treatments. It is possible to have three defects and have a normal lifespan, or it is possible that lifespan could be severely affected. ...Read more

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Can a person with a hole in his heart ever father a child with a heart defect?

Can a person with a hole in his heart ever father a child with a heart defect?

Yes: The incidence of any form of congenital heart disease has about a 4% risk in the offspring of a parent with a CHD (not necessarily the same defect). It doubles if both parents have some form of CHD and is more if one of their offspring was affected. This can all be sorted out by consulting a genetic counsellor. ...Read more