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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has congenital heart defects?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has congenital heart defects?

Depends: Congenital heart disease covers a wide range from life-threatening to benign. Start with your pediatrician, who can refer you to a pediatric cardiologist, who can make the right diagnosis, and advise you about prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Congenital Heart Disease (Definition)

Congenital heart disease includes heart problems/abnormalities present at birth. This can include septal defects (holes), abnormality of heart valves and rhythm ...Read more


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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has atrioventricular septal defect?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has atrioventricular septal defect?

AV canal: Atrioventricular canal is a very complex congenital endocardial cushion defect that consist of a primum atrial septal defect and a av canal type of ventricular septal defect. May be associated with a cleft mitral valve. Surgical repair is the treatment. The timing will depend on severity of shunting, the presence or absence of a concomitant right ventricular outflow obstruction and other factors. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

Congenital defect: Also known as an av canal, it is a type of congenital heart defect. There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect (hole) in the center of the heart. There is also one common av valve , rather than 2 distinct valves (mitral and tricuspid valves). It is commonly but not necessarily associated with down syndrome. Surgical repair is required in infancy. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has pyloric stenosis?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has pyloric stenosis?

Unusual but...: Also occurs in girls. Only one significant difference will be that the offspring from an affected girl has 25 percent chance to develop pyloric stenosis. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has cerebral palsy?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has cerebral palsy?

Difficulty Moving: Cerbral palsy is caused by injury to the areas of the brain that control movement. It can range from a child with weakness in one arm to someone who cannot control there arms or legs. A child may require equipment to walk or be wheelchair bound. It may be accompanied by mental retardation. Typical causes include injury before or after birth, prematurity or asphyxiation. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has foodborne illness?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has foodborne illness?

Disease from food: A food-borne illness is any illness that is "caught" from eating a food. Examples include serious illnesses like botulism and certain e. Coli. Infections to relatively minor illnesses such as diarrhea from food-poisoning. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my heart has a "gallop"?

Heart physiology: A gallop is an extra heart sound triggered either by early ventricular filling of a volume overloaded ventricle (s3), or by late atrial filling during atrial contraction into a noncompliant ventricle (s4). ...Read more

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My grandma said that she has a slow heart rate what does it mean in numbers?

My grandma said that she has a slow heart rate what does it mean in numbers?

Bradycardia: The "normal" heart rate during wake is 60-100 beats per minute. This is not the same for sleep. Sinus bradycardia (heart rate less than 60) can be completely normal during sleep. This being said, many medications slow the heart rate on top of this. It is not uncommon when i look at a sleep study that someone can have heart rates in the 30s and be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my child has atrial septal defect?

What does it mean if my child has atrial septal defect?

Hole in wall: You have 2 upper chambers in the heart & 2 lower.An atrial septal defect is a hole in the wall between the upper chambers. It is under less pressure than the lower chambers so it often causes no obvious problems early on. Most are closed using various methods before school age. ...Read more

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What can I do if my heart rate is 131 is this ok?

What can I do if my heart rate is 131 is this ok?

Maybe: If you're exercising, it's normal. If you're resting it's not. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a specialists says its just a freckle on my baby's heart? no heart murmur though.

What does it mean when a specialists says its just a freckle on my baby's heart? no heart murmur though.

Who knows?: There is no such thing. It is probably his way of saying don't worry about "it". ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have an irregular heart beat? (double beats, pausing) my friend has it and she is 15.

What does it mean if you have an irregular heart beat? (double beats, pausing) my friend has it and she is 15.

Extra beats: Most probably she has extra beats, may be referred to as premature beats. Not uncommon, especially in female teens during puberty years. If structurally normal heart with normal function, they are usually benign and rarely require any treatment. Best to avoid caffeinated products which may increase them in frequency. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my son was born with transient aml?

What does it mean if my son was born with transient aml?

In Down Syndrome...: Children with trisomy 21 (down syndrome) can develop something called transient myeloproliferative disorder (tmd). It is on the spectrum of aml, but it can spontaneously regress. Other times, it may either require low dose chemotherapy if it is affecting organ function (liver), or it can develop into full blown aml, requiring intensive chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my heart is flip flopping a lot lately?

What does it mean if my heart is flip flopping a lot lately?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read more

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What is a heart murmur and how does it affect my enlarged heart?

What is a heart murmur and how does it affect my enlarged heart?

Sound in the heart: When you hear blood flow through a competent or narrow hear valve, it is a heart murmur. It it is singificant, it can enalrge heart chambers due to excessive blood flow. ...Read more

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I have a ventricular septal defect (vsd). Is it dangerous, and will my baby have the same condition?

I have a ventricular septal defect (vsd). Is it dangerous, and will my baby have the same condition?

Get records to know: Women who have a congenital heart defect surprisingly may know little about it. In some cases there are few symptoms between infancy and the time they get pregnant. They should ask their parents for information, get records from all their doctors and from any hospitalizations including when they were born, and see their cardiologist and an OB specialist about risk before trying to conceive (ttc). ...Read more

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What does it mean if my newborn has TTN and a pneumothorax?

What does it mean if my newborn has TTN and a pneumothorax?

TTN and PTX: TTN is transient tachypnea of the newborn. It typically will resolve with time and usually requires only supportive care. Some infants may be born with retained fluid in their lungs and natural mechanisms to balance fluids are in place. The pneumothorax or collapsed lung, may be due to delivery and pressure on the baby's chest. The treatment depends upon the extent of the pneumothorax. ...Read more