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Doctor insights on: In Utero Heart Calcium Deposit

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What could cause calcium deposits around an unborn child's heart?

What could cause calcium deposits around an unborn child's heart?

ECF: Echogenic cardiac focus? This is what it sounds like. Nobody knows what they are. From my reading they seem to have no impact on the child's health once born. I have always suspected that what looks like "calcium" on ultrasound is actually tough fibrous tissue. ...Read more

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Does a high calcium deposit score mean that you have heart disease?

Does a high calcium deposit score mean that you have heart disease?

Might: A coronary calcium scan is not advised for routine screening for coronary artery disease.1 this test may not tell your doctor any more about your risk for heart disease than your risk factors do. Major risk factor are: high blood pressure, diabeteshigh cholestrol, smoking, genetic facors, and obesity. ...Read more

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Should i worry if my ultrasound showed calcium deposit on my unborn baby's heart and i'm 38 years old?

Should i worry if my ultrasound showed calcium deposit on my unborn baby's heart and i'm 38 years old?

Follow, but...: This needs to be followed, but i wouldn't worry. These deposits are actually found quite often as incidental findings on ultrasounds between 18-24 weeks. The vast majority of them clear on their own by birth. As pediatricians, we often get these reports of these findings on prenatal us, but the baby is just fine. At age in upper 30's though, be followed by high risk OB or maternal-fetal medicine! ...Read more

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Calcium deposits on fetal heart ultrasound what does it mean?

Calcium Deposits: Your question is not clear. Where are these deposits located? Please provide all information to get correct answer. ...Read more

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My step-dad had a heart bypass 6 yrs ago and they say calcium deposits are building on his valve. Is this common to need a new one this soon?

CABG: A coronary bypass is not the same thing as a valve replacement. It appears your dad has a porcine artificial valve implant. These artificial valves made of tissue from a pig do not last indefinitely and needing a replacement eventually is common. ...Read more

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25 weeks pregnant. calcium deposit on heart with extra fluid. Extra fluid in the back of the brain. Nephew has cardiomyopathy. Is something def. wrong

25 weeks pregnant. calcium deposit on heart with extra fluid. Extra fluid in the back of the brain. Nephew has cardiomyopathy. Is something def. wrong

Need an MFM: The calcium deposit can be found in lots of normal pregnancies, it just is a clue that will tell your sonographer to pay extra attention. Extra fluid on the brain can be more worrisome and warrants consultation with a specialist called a perinatologist or MFM. ...Read more

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21 weeks pregnant, tested negative for Down syndrome, and found a calcuim deposit in baby's heart. What could it mean ? Help please.

21 weeks pregnant, tested negative for Down syndrome, and found a calcuim deposit in baby's heart. What could it mean ? Help please.

Ask your obstetrician: Who would help you better, my take on this, is that it is not uncommon, found in about 10% of scans of normal babies, other parameters factor in as rate of growth, other appearances on the scan, your blood tests and others, please confer with your obstetrician who will be able to address your concerns better ...Read more

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How does calcium shortage affect your heart?

How does calcium shortage affect your heart?

Calcium: Calcium deficiency can cause interference with contraction of the heart and with heart rhythm. ...Read more