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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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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Could these heart defects be diagnosed together?

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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Are migraines and heart defects linked to one another?

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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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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Where can I get information on fetal heart defects fast?

UpToDate, OMIM.: Pubmed' omim (online mendelian inheritance in man) and the online medical resource uptodate can provide information to some extent. Consult with a pediatric cardiologist for more details. ...Read more

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Can you tell by ultrasound if a baby has congential heart defects?

Can you tell by ultrasound if a baby has congential heart defects?

Depends: The results of a prenatal ultrasound depend on the sensitivity of the equipment used, the technician and the person interpreting the study. Some studies are fine for locating the fetal position, placental location and estimating fetal size, but little more. Most newer machines are capable of picking up most defects but a few will not be evident. Newborn exam and postnatal study may be needed. ...Read more

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I have heart defects. Would wearing the shoulder part of the seatbelt be dangerous?

Unlikely: I am not aware that wearing a seatbelt shoulder strap is particularly dangerous for any type of heart defect, but without knowing your exact type of heart defect, i cannot answer your question unequivocally. ...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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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more