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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Congenital Heart Defect

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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. 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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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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What is meaning of a congenital heart defect in baby, especially the atrial septal defect?

What is meaning of a congenital heart defect in baby, especially the atrial septal defect?

Unfinished formation: The heart develops originally from a long tube that folds on itself in the embryo & forms the main chambers & features. The walls between the chambers are outgrowths that come together. If the walls did not completely form a gap will exist.In the upper chamber if a gap is left the atrial septal defect is "unfinished formation". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of congenital heart diseases?

What are the symptoms of congenital heart diseases?

Many & none: There could be no symptoms. Other times shortness of breath, poor circulation, arrythmias or murmurs may be present. An echocardiogram is the best first test. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of congenital heart disease bad?

Are the symptoms of congenital heart disease bad?

It depends on defect: It depends on what kind of defect it is. Some defects have no symptoms, some have mild symptoms such as faster breathing, difficulty eating, increased sweating while feeding. And some defects are life threatening causing low oxygen levels in your body and without surgery or other type of intervention within hours of delivery may be lethal. ...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 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 sort of disease is a congenital heart defect?

What sort of disease is a congenital heart defect?

Born with it: It is a heart defect you are born with. It may be simple, moderate, or very serious. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. Just under 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect, often minor and temporary. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later. ...Read more

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What are death rates of congenital heart disease?

Variable: This varies quite a bit with the chd under consideration. If you have a specific one in mind, please submit a new question with that in mind. ...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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Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

No: In fact, most babies with congenital heart disease are expected to reach adulthood. Some of the more severe lesions have up to a 30% mortality in the first year, however these are less common than the more treatable defects. ...Read more

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What are the major heart diseases of congenital origin in utero?

What are the major heart diseases of congenital origin in utero?

Congenital heart dis: there are Many congenital heart diseases like hypo plastic left heart, coarctation of aorta, tetralogy of fallot, etc. ...Read more

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Are atrial septal defects or atrial septal aneurysms ever the result of infection?

Are atrial septal defects or atrial septal aneurysms ever the result of infection?

Yes but very rarely: It is possible to have an infection in the heart which weakens the atrial septum (causing an aneurysm) or even creates a complete holes (atrial septal defects). This is a very rare finding though and the illness that caused it is generally quite severe. ASDs and atrial septal aneurysms are very common though and most just occur during fetal (i.e. baby) development . ...Read more

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Can malnutrition worsen 13 year olds congenital heart defect-tetralogy of Fallot, valve regurgitation, and various holes throughout the heart?

Can malnutrition worsen 13 year olds congenital heart defect-tetralogy of Fallot, valve regurgitation, and various holes throughout the heart?

Yes, because...: Malnutrition worsens everything related to a one's health, both mentally and physically. In the U.S., with it's economic wealth and ample food supply, there is little malnutrition, except for people who have very little variety in their diets, who refuse to eat, who cannot eat due to medical problems, or who cannot absorb nutrients from their food. Heart is muscle, and muscles need good nutrition. ...Read more

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Are heart pains a typical symptom of mitral valve prolapse?

Are heart pains a typical symptom of mitral valve prolapse?

MVP: Not really... A lot of "symptoms" have been attributed to mvp. However, there are quite a few studies showing no difference in symptoms in people with or without mvp. Too often, mvp has been used as a "convenience" diagnosis to explain a variety of poorly defined symptoms. Conclusion, it can, but most likely it is not... ...Read more

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Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Not primary symptom: Congestive heart failure may be associated with rapid heart beat but this is not the primary symptom. Rapid heart beat is not usually a sign of coronary artery disease. Rapid heart beat can also occur in otherwise normal hearts. ...Read more

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What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

Multiple: Congenital heart defects are a collection of issues that could be devastating early or of almost no consequence even in the long. As there are a variety of maladies, the causes are multiple as well. Environmental factors, genetic abnormalities in either of the parents and a combination of these factors lead to congenital heart defects. ...Read more

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