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Ultrasound Shows Congenital Heart Defect
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
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
Www. Thefetus. Net.: Try the above website for many fetal anomalies, including cardiac lesions. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
Need ped cardiology help finding out the statistics of congenital heart defects & follow up surgery?
I need help! My 16yr old sister was told she has a congenital heart defect. I'm pregnant and worried about my baby?
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
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
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
Yes.: ASD in particular is very hard to detect on exam. ...Read more
Many: Heart defects can range from holes between chambers to missing chambers to incorrect formation of blood vessels. ...Read more
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
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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