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What are the symptoms of a congenital heart defect?

What are the symptoms of a congenital heart defect?

They vary widely: A congenital heart defect may be so mild that there are no symptoms during an individual's lifetime. At the other end of the spectrum, there may be severe distress at the time of birth. There are many different types of congenital heart defects and levels of severity such that a description of common symptoms is usually related to a specific defect. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or ...Read more


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What causes birth defects of the heart?

What causes birth defects of the heart?

Several factors: The heart develops rather early so medication exposure in the first trimester can sometimes cause heart problems. Chromosomal or genetic issues also can cause heart problems, . ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atrial septal defect?

What are the symptoms of atrial septal defect?

Shortness of breath.: Many asds are asymptomatic, but when patients have symptoms, it's usually shortness of breath and exercise intolerance. If the ASD has been present for many years, it may cause an abnormal heart rhythm as well as lung injury. ...Read more

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What are the causes of heart birth defects?

What are the causes of heart birth defects?

Genes, environ, luck: A mix of genetics, exposure & chance. The formation of the heart is a very complex process as a simple vascular tube transforms into a specialized pump intertwining 2 separate circulations. Sometimes cells fail to migrate or grow-->may lead to septal defects. Structures may not form, and if they interfere with bloodflow (e.g., valve not opening), then downstream structures don't grow or develop. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of hole in heart birth defect occur?

What is the likelihood of hole in heart birth defect occur?

Depends: It depends on the size, the type, and what methods are used to look for it. Broadly, atrial septal defect occurs in 1 in 1500 live births. Patent foramen ovale is extremely common and present in 10-20% of all adults but not significant. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of endocardial cushion defects?

What are the symptoms of endocardial cushion defects?

CHF. : Endocardial cushion defects or a-v canal defects cause a significal left to right intra-cardiac shunt. Increased blood flow to the lungs cause CHF symptoms like increased breathing, failure to thrive, difficulty feeding. ...Read more

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What are the physical impacts of gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

What are the physical impacts of gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

That depends...: The physical effects of gastrointestinal birth defects depend on what the condition is. Gastroschisis and omphalocele are two GI defects requiring surgery. In both cases, the most common problems in follow-up are related to poor motility of the intestinal tract. The baby may have trouble tolerating feedings and may get distended/bloated, may spit up, and may not stool as often as expected. ...Read more

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Describe the concept of a birth defect.?

Describe the concept of a birth defect.?

Abnormal tissue Form: In simplistic terms a bd might be considered any abnormality found in a baby at birth. A better, more specific idea is a failure of a tissue or structure to form properly in fetal development.(cleft palate). A "disruption" can create a bd -loss of fingers to amnionic bands. Chromasome defects lead to several bd's like heart defects. ...Read more

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What are the imaging signs and symptoms of congenital heart defects?

What are the imaging signs and symptoms of congenital heart defects?

Echo and cath. : From an imaging standpoint, an echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization would give the most definitive answers for a congenital heart defect. These studies can define the anatomy and function so decisions can be made regarding therapy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an atrial septal defect?

What are the symptoms of an atrial septal defect?

It depends: Atrial septal defects (asd's)can vary in size and location. The small asd's can be without symptoms and can go undiscovered for many years. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, abnormal rhythms, heart failure and low oxygen levels. Strokes can occur from small clots in leg veins crossing to left side and going to brain. Some reports that migraine headaches are caused by asd's. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ebstein anomaly?

What are the symptoms of ebstein anomaly?

Cyanosis and CHF. : The most important symptoms in ebstein's anomaly are related to the tricuspid valve being positioned too low inside the right ventricle. Essentially, the right side of the heart may not work well causing poor oxygenation (cyanosis) and backing up of blood in the lung circulation (chf). There is wide variety of severity of the anomaly, from mild to severe. Patients may have heart beat problems. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of having a ventricular septal defect?

What is the symptoms of having a ventricular septal defect?

Depends on size: Many vsds are mild and close on their own. Some are quite big and need surgery to repair them. Symptoms can be nothing to fatigue from shunting blood the wrong way. There is usually a loud heart murmur but that does not cause symptoms alone. A cardiologist can provide more information for the specific patient. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ventricular foramen ovale problems?

What are the symptoms of ventricular foramen ovale problems?

Foramen Ovale: A foramen ovale (pfo) is a small hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. It exists as part of the "fetal circulation, " when babies are inside, lungs are full of amniotic fluid. The pfo allows oxygenated blood returning from the placenta to cross into the left atrium. Pfos usually close, however if they do not there is a very small risk for a stroke or tia. Most people have no symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the core symptoms of neural tube defects?

What are the core symptoms of neural tube defects?

None: There are no symptoms in a pregnant woman if her baby has a neural tube defect. The blood test for maternal serum Alpha fetoprotein (msafp) is frequently elevated, if she has that testing done, but an ultrasound is necessary to diagnose a neural tube defect in the baby. ...Read more

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What are the visible symptoms of tetralogy of fallot?

What are the visible symptoms of tetralogy of fallot?

TETRALOGY OF FALLOT: Symptoms include cyanosis, dyspnea, poor feeding, poor growth, and the tet spell which is sudden severe episode of severe cyanosis with dyspnea. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of birth defect that lead to childhood obesity?

What are the characteristics of birth defect that lead to childhood obesity?

"fat baby" syndromes: * prader-willi (obesity, hypotonia, small hand & feet) *beckwith-wiedemann (macrosomia, omphalocele, macroglossia.Ear creases) *sotos (macrosomia, macrocephaly, large hands & feet) *weaver (macrosomia, accelerated skeletal maturation) *bardet-biedl (obesity, retinal pigmentation, polydactyly). ...Read more

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What are some of the more serious symptoms of birth control pills?

What are some of the more serious symptoms of birth control pills?

Side effects?: Serious side effects of birth control pills include formation of clots in blood vessels, which can cause stroke and heart attack. Brain hemorrhage, liver and gallbladder disease, and pancreatitis are also some serious side effects. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of pregnancy occur from satrting a new birth control pill?

Can symptoms of pregnancy occur from satrting a new birth control pill?

Yes : Depends on the pill and your sensitivity to the hormones. Some women are more sensitive to hormones in the pills than others. No hormonal contraception may be a better option for those women who can't tolerate hormonal contraception. ...Read more

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What kind of gastrointestinal tract birth defects can be recognized at birth?

What kind of gastrointestinal tract birth defects can be recognized at birth?

Most: Generally babies with GI tract anomalies will have symptoms shortly after birth which prompt further testing. ...Read more

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