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Doctor insights on: Most Common Congenital Heart Defects

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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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Are congenital heart defects hereditary?

Are congenital heart defects hereditary?

Depends on variables: There are a few syndromes with high frequency of specific heart defects that can have inheritance risk up to 50%. Most, however, are part of a complex inheritance pattern with around 5% risk.This 5% would include any pattern of congenital heart defect, not necessarily the same one. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about congenital heart defects?

Can you tell me about congenital heart defects?

Be more specific: Congenital heart defects are come in all types. Some common, some rare. Also, the prognosis and treatments can be very different. Please ask a more specific question, or see a doctor, . ...Read more

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What are some signs of congenital heart defects?

What are some signs of congenital heart defects?

Lots of symptoms: Can be related to chd. Rhythm problems, dizziness, fainting, water accumulation in legs or torso, difficulty breathing, nightly cough, weakness..... And lots more. ...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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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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The most common cyanotic congenital heart defect is what?

The most common cyanotic congenital heart defect is what?

Tetralogy of Fallot: Tof- ventricular septal defect, (vsd, hole between the right and left ventricles), narrowing of the pulmonary outflow tract (the valve and artery that connect the heart with the lungs), overriding aorta (the artery that carries oxygen-rich blood to the body) shifted over the right ventricle and vsd instead of coming out only from the left ventricle, and thickened right ventricle. ...Read more

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Could congenital heart defects be diagnosed later on in life?

Could congenital heart defects be diagnosed later on in life?

Yes: A heart defect you are born with does not mean it will be diagnosed early. It may be mild, moderate, or very serious. Serious problems are usually found quickly. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. About 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later. ...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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