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Most Common Congenital Heart Defects
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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, .
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Certain defects can be tolerated for many years and picked up later in life. Coarctation of the aorta is one, but many can be diagnosed later. Please consult with a physician if you have any concerns about the possible presence of a congenital heart defect.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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A number of things: The prognosis for children with congenital heart defects really depends on the exact nature of the defect. Some are easily correctable by surgery, some don't need surgery at all and others need a series of more complicated surgeries. In any case keeping in close contact with your pediatrician and cardiologist is very important. Good nutrition will help your child heal well.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most congenital heart defects are diagnosed early in life. However, for many reasons, in some patients, a congenital heart defect may not be diagnosed until adulthood.
Depends on what type: Congenital heart disease comes in many flavors from minor to serious heart problems. Discuss the specifics of your disease with your heart doctor, typical conversations with a loved on would include discussions of your ongoing health including possibly needing further surgery, and your plans for contraception or children, which you may be advised against having. See http://www.Achaheart.Org.See 1 more doctor answer
Variable : Some congenital heart defects almost always present in the first few hours of life. Others, have a variable presentation and may present at any age. The most common standard congenital heart disease to present in adulthood is atrial septal defect. Bicuspid aortic valve also often presents in adulthood, and although it is a congenital anomaly, is not always included in the classification.
Depends: This depends on the defect. Some can hide and some do not.It is common for someone to go a whole lifetime with a minor issue like a patent foramen ovale (some don't consider it a defect).Some issues like a trivial leaking mitral valve are only evident because of advanced technology (echocardiogram).Other issues like a misdirected plumbing or holes between chambers are found in childhood.
Too vague: Congenital heart defect is an incredibly broad term, encompassing critical life-threatening & debilitating conditions as well as transient defects with no real clinical effect. The more severe defects may be irreparable or may require multiple surgeries & procedures with significant symptoms & activity restrictions. Conversely, mild defects may resolve or may not need any special consideration.
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