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Doctor insights on: Tumor Around Infant Heart

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I heard that heart tumor hardly occurs, why is this?

I heard that heart tumor hardly occurs, why is this?

Cell types: The large majority of cancers arise in cells that are subject to turning over and being replaced, such as the epithelium of the skin, airways, gut, liver, and urinary / reproductive system, and the lymphoid and blood-making tissues. These let mutations be propagated. Skin, airway, gut and kidney are are also exposed to heavier doses of chemical mutagens; the heart muscle isn't. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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What are rare (ish) heart diseases that affect infants?

What are rare (ish) heart diseases that affect infants?

Congenital heart def: Congenital heart defect (CHD) or congenital heart anomaly is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels that is present at birth. Many types of heart defects exist, most of which either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it, or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern. Other defects, such as long QT syndrome, affect the heart's rhythm. ...Read more

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Are myxoma tumors painful when not located in the heart?

Are myxoma tumors painful when not located in the heart?

Unlikely: Myxomas are benign tumors. They are unlikely to cause pain as they grow very slowly. ...Read more

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What is the hole in an infants heart that heals itself called?

What is the hole in an infants heart that heals itself called?

There's a few: Pre-birth, there are a couple ways blood goes around the normal circulation, and the hole between the upper chambers, the atria, is called the foramen ovale. That usually closes a few days after delivery. Sometimes there can be holes between the ventricles, the lower chambers. Those aren't supposed to be there, but they often will close on their own anyways, but should be monitored. ...Read more

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What can happen if someone has a tumor in their chest by their heart?

What can happen if someone has a tumor in their chest by their heart?

The heart: Lives in the middle medistinum. Lungs live on each side, the esophagus resides behind, the thymus and lymph nodes live amongst the blood vessels above and in front. The heart and function needs to be preserved as the adjacent tumor is treated with surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. ...Read more

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I need your expertise, is a hole in the heart of an infant/results of incest?

I need your expertise, is a hole in the heart of an infant/results of incest?

No: If you include all kinds of congenital heart defects, (even minor ones), the incidence is 75 per 1000 births - it has nothing to do with incest. ...Read more

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How can you determine heart palpitation in infants?

How can you determine heart palpitation in infants?

No: "palpitation" is a symptom and infants can't complain of symptoms. However, you can detect an arrhythmia by palpating the pulse, listening to the heart, or placing the baby on a heart monitor or doing an ekg. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a dilated heart of an infant?

What is the treatment for a dilated heart of an infant?

Medications: Are you referring to dilated cardiomyopathy? This is generally treated with medications to improve function of the heart, and sometimes pacemakers which are implanted to regulate heart rate and rhythm while waiting for a heart transplant. ...Read more

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What are the causes of fluid around the heart and lungs in an infant.?

What are the causes of fluid around the heart and lungs in an infant.?

See below: By increased vessels permeability and slower lymphatic clearance in cases with a cardiac congestion or high blood volume output. ...Read more

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Under what heart rate for an adult and then for an infant are chest compressions required?

Under what heart rate for an adult and then for an infant are chest compressions required?

100/min: For adults, children, and infants, the current recommendations are for compressions to be administered at the rate of 100 per minute.

Source: BLS for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association, 2011. ...Read more

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Anxiety is up I guess my heart beating fast can that make u feel weird n like u swaying kinda off balance scared inner or tumor dr say just anxiety?

Anxiety is up I guess my heart beating fast can that make u feel weird n like u swaying kinda off balance scared inner or tumor dr say just anxiety?

Anxiety: Your doctor knows you better than we do and I believe based on what you've reported and your mental health history, you are experiencing an exacerbation of your anxiety disorder and should be seen by your mental health provider. ...Read more

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What am I to expect after infant heart surgery for avsd?

What am I to expect after infant heart surgery for avsd?

Intensive care unit: After surgery for a avsd, your child will be taken to the intensive care unit where he or she will recover. Your child will likely have a breathing tube, on a ventilator, and many have tubes, such as intravenous (IV) and arterial lines that will allow fluid and medication administration and monitoring. The breathing tube and lines will be taken out as your child's condition improves. ...Read more

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If I have a suggestive av malformation tumor on the ankle could it effect my heart?

If I have a suggestive av malformation tumor on the ankle could it effect my heart?

No: Av malformation just means that the arteries connect straight to the veins, bypassing capillaries. The blood will still flow normally back to the heart, it just may have a little bit of oxygen in it still (since all of it did not go into capillaries and supply to the soft tissues and bones). Av malformation just causes problems locally, if at all. Sometimes it's just an incidental finding. ...Read more

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Can heart MRI detect breast tumors?

Can heart MRI detect breast tumors?

Out of the field: Cardiac mr is centered on the heart. You may see on the border of the field partial breast tissue, but cardiac mr is not dedicated to breast. It is not the same exam, no the same protocol. Palpation and mammogram are the best. If something shows on the cardiac mr, then do mammogram. ...Read more

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What is a normal resting heart rate for an infant?

What is a normal resting heart rate for an infant?

Age & activity relat: There is a range of accepted normal heart rate for infants that varies with sleep/wake/activities & deciding when they are transitioning from one state to the next is sometimes hard.
0-3m awake 85-205, asleep 80-160; 3m-2yr awake 100-190 & asleep 60-140. ...Read more

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Is it ok for a one week old infant to under go heart operation?

Is it ok for a one week old infant to under go heart operation?

In the right setting: Some severe forms of severe congenital heart disease are not compatible with life without surgical repair, so in some cases emergency surgery in the newborn period is unavoidable. Contrary to what you might guess, infants can recover from surgery very rapidly, usually much faster than adults. ...Read more

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What are the chances for an 8 day old infant surviving open heart surgury?

What are the chances for an 8 day old infant surviving open heart surgury?

Depends on situation: Different defects have different survival statistics. Most surgeons/cardiologists will want to be put off surgeryuntil the child is older if possible. If needed, some of these procedures must be done early to prevent further deterioration of the situation. In experienced hands, you are doing the best you can. ...Read more

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Could a heart murmur as a child/infant be linked to heart defects/disease as an adult?

Could a heart murmur as a child/infant be linked to heart defects/disease as an adult?

Maybe/maybe not: Infant murmurs are either defects that become obvious or represent transient innocent flow patterns. A true defect would be hard to hide before adulthood, but possible. Adult heart disease is more about age/plaque formation, rhythm disturbances. Some isolated childhood problems linger into adulthood but these are defect specific. ...Read more

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What is open heart surgery like for an infant? Do they feel pain?

What is open heart surgery like for an infant? Do they feel pain?

No pain in surgery: Most of the major centers of excellence will employ a multidiscipllinary team approach. Innovative techniques will be utilized to ensure comfort, minimize blood loss, ensure perfusion to the brain, and focused cooperation/communication with all cardiac surgical team members. ...Read more

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How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

Stages: "full" recovery takes months. But I typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time following open heart surgery on an infant?

How long is the recovery time following open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies: It depends on the condition of the child prior to surgery, as well as the underlying condition, and the procedure done. The more complicated the procedure, the longer the recovery. ...Read more

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What can I do to address two benign brain tumors and a hole in the heart?

What can I do to address two benign brain tumors and a hole in the heart?

Depends...: You need to consult a neurosurgeon about the brain tumours. Depending on the location, size and growth rate it can either be watched or may have to be removed. As for the hole in the heart the majority close by themselves or are too small to cause much problems. However if it is large or poses the risk of blood clot or infection it may need to be closed by a catheter or open heart surgery. ...Read more

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What is open heart surgery like for an infant or a toddler?

What is open heart surgery like for an infant or a toddler?

Depends: This depends on the heart lesion. Many forms of heart disease are now treated successfully with surgery. In those cases, the open heart surgery is very well tolerated with the child being home in 1-2 weeks and recovering well. If the heart lesion is very complicated, then the experience can be different. Please discuss this with your child's cardiologist to learn their specific issues. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I take my infant daughter to if she has a heart murmur?

What kind of doctor should I take my infant daughter to if she has a heart murmur?

Pediatric cardiologi: You should take her to a pediatric cardiologist. Did your pediatrician say what kind of a murmur it is? A lot of children, at some point, have an innocent murmur, which is transient and benign. If it is pathologic, you should be referred to the specialist, be well! ...Read more

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I have a brain tumor it's on the cranial nerves 3, 5, 7. Would this cause a blockage in the heart? Or if its on x would it?

I have a brain tumor it's on the cranial nerves 3, 5, 7. Would this cause a blockage in the heart? Or if its on x would it?

No correlation: Craneal n. Emerge directly from the brain. Only 1 and 2 emerge from cerebrum. The next 10 emerge from brain stem. 3, 5, 7 control eye movements, sensation from face, control muscle of mastication and facial expression. 10 control laryngeal/pharyngeal muscle and muscle of voice. No association with coronary blockage. Tumor location correlate with cn dysfunction. Have faith and fight the disease. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is recovery after open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies: Some operations are more complex, tedious, and complications.
Simple ones lead to speedy recovery in infants.
They are pliable and quick to heal. ...Read more