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Doctor insights on: Ultrasound Shows Congenital Heart Defect

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Is it possible that congenital heart defects be detected on a regular prenatal ultrasound?

Is it possible that congenital heart defects be detected on a regular prenatal ultrasound?

Yes: Most important congenital heard defects can be detected by fetal ultrasound. The person (doctor or sonographer) needs to have a certain amount of training and expertise to make sure all of the appropriate images are obtained. Plus the physician (perinatologist or pediatric cardiologist) who is interpreting the images needs to have a full understanding of congenital heart disease. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Where can I find ultrasound images of fetal congenital heart defects?

Where can I find ultrasound images of fetal congenital heart defects?

Www. Thefetus. Net.: Try the above website for many fetal anomalies, including cardiac lesions. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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What to do about congenital heart defect?

What to do about congenital heart defect?

Broad category: This label applies to some problems that self correct and some that need heart surgery. The specifics are defined by the defect. Have an evaluation done by the most qualifies source available. Once the information is in, a plan can be formulated. ...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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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

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Are congenital heart defects hereditary?

Are congenital heart defects hereditary?

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. ...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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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Are there any known causes of congenital heart defects?

Are there any known causes of congenital heart defects?

Some causes: Heredity some families have more than one generation with defects. Congenital syndromes such as Down syndrome, Holt-Oram, Trisomies 13 and 18. Smoking and alcohol abuse during pregnancy have been associated with heart defects. In most instances cause of heart defect not known. ...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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Can a newborn have a congenital heart defect?

Can a newborn have a congenital heart defect?

Yes: Yes, 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 is fontan operation in congenital heart defects?

What is fontan operation in congenital heart defects?

Fontan Procedure: The fontan is a surgery that connects the inferior venacava (ivc) to the pulmonary arteries. The fontan is the final surgery for patients who have a single ventricle or single ventricle physiology. This means that the blue blood, desaturated blood retruning to the heart is directed to the lungs without being pumped through the heart. ...Read more

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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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What is the best? Treatment for congenital heart defects or "holes in heart"?

What is the best? Treatment for congenital heart defects or "holes in heart"?

Best treatment is. .: Tailored to the individual, therefore you have to know the details like location, size and other factors to decide which type of catheter intervention or surgery should be done. ...Read more

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What dental precautions should be taken for a child with congenital heart defect?

What dental precautions should be taken for a child with congenital heart defect?

Depends on the defct: Chd is quite a variable diagnosis & some conditions do require antibiotics be taken prior to and just after dental procedures to prevent bacteria that may be set loose from infecting a valve or graft. The specific recommendations depend on the type of defect & or repair. You should have your pcp, pediatrician or pedi cardiologist review current recommendations with you & follow them. ...Read more

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Can there be a bright future for children born with heart defects such as congenital heart disease?

Can there be a bright future for children born with heart defects such as congenital heart disease?

Yes: Treatment options exist for almost every congenital heart defect, particularly if the child is otherwise healthy. Milder forms will require no special care. More severe forms will require surgical repair, or even multiple surgeries. Even children born with only two out of four cardiac chambers have a increasingly favorable likelihood of growing to adulthood. ...Read more

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Need ped cardiology help finding out the statistics of congenital heart defects & follow up surgery?

Yes: Pediatric cardiologists are specially trained in congenital heart disease and are a wealth of information on such matters. ...Read more

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Can you explain which congenital heart defects produce mixing of oxygenated and unoxygenated blood and which ones increase ven?

Can you explain which congenital heart defects produce mixing of oxygenated and unoxygenated blood and which ones increase ven?

It's complicated: The right side of the heart pumps deoxygenated blood to the lungs; the left side pumps oxygenated blood to the body. Certain heart defects are characterized by holes between the left and right sides of the heart or between the lung arteries and the body's artery, allowing deoxygenated blood to flow from r->l (causing cyanosis) or oxygenated blood to flow from l->r (causing heart failure). ...Read more

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What is a common type of congenital heart defect?

What is a common type of congenital heart defect?

Bicuspid aortic valv: The most common congenital heart defect is bicuspid aortic valve. The other most common defects are atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, and patent ductus arteriosus. ...Read more

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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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How frequently does a congenital heart defect go undiagnosed?

How frequently does a congenital heart defect go undiagnosed?

Hard question: This depends on who is evaluating. It is highly unusual for an important congenital heart defect to be missed by a pediatric cardiologist. A major diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of congenital heart disease is a careful, focused physical examination. Echocardiography under the direction of a pediatric cardiologist is an important, reliable tool to confirm the diagnosis and establish details. ...Read more

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Is a hole in the heart the only congenital heart defect or are there others?

Is a hole in the heart the only congenital heart defect or are there others?

Many: Heart defects can range from holes between chambers to missing chambers to incorrect formation of blood vessels. ...Read more

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Can a congenital heart defect lead to someone being in a wheelchair forver?

Can a congenital heart defect lead to someone being in a wheelchair forver?

No: Although occasionally someone with a congenital heart defect is confined to a wheelchair, it rarely has anything to do with their heart defect. ...Read more

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What noticeable signs are there of a congenital heart defect? What is the usual cause?

What noticeable signs are there of a congenital heart defect? What is the usual cause?

Blueish color murmur: Decreased oxygen saturation tends to render a purplish/blueish hue to the lips and/or digits in cases of complex congenital cardiac defects. Additionally, heart murmurs and symptoms of weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness with exercise can all be seen with such defects. Consult with a pediatric cardiologist and cardiovascular surgeon for repair/management. ...Read more

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What athe most common congenital heart defects?

What athe most common congenital heart defects?

VSDs.: Ventricular septal defects are by far the most common congenital cardiac defects. ...Read more

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