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What Are The Chances Of Second Baby Having Heart Defect If The First Baby Had A Defect
Usually 3-5%: Heart defects occur in 0.8% of all babies. They occur in 3-5% of all first degree relatives of people with congenital heart defects. Some of this depends on your first baby's defect. There are some defects that are associated with specific genetic abnormalities, in which case the risk would be higher. ...Read more
There are reports in the literature describing teratogenic effects of the ssri's (effects on the growing fetus) the evidence for causing heart problems is not conclusive yet, so it is hard to say with certainty that zoloft (sertraline) is the cause of heart defects. In any way, it is better to discuss this issue with your prescribing physician
good luck and feel better. ...Read more
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
6weeks and 4days pregnant my first sonogram revealed that my babies heart rate was 99bpm. Should I be worried?
No: This is normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks and 1 day and got 2 readings of the babies heart beat, the first was 133bpm and the second was 176bpm are they ok?
Yes: There is a wide normal range and it is normal for the count to vary from one study to the next. ...Read more
My babe (infant) she is 25 days old have heart defect she is sweating when she is sleeping, what is the reasons and the treatments, thanks?
I'm 7 weeks pregnant my first ultra sound is this Monday can I possibly hear the babies heart beat? And if not when's the soonest I can hear it??
Heartbeat: The baby's heart starts beating at the 6 week point, and it may be visible on ultrasound somewhere between 6-8 weeks. It can be heard on doppler somewhere between 10-12 weeks. ...Read more
Vitamin E can increase the risk of heart defects in babies. Prenatal one and dha of Rainbow Light are 60 iu of vitamin e. Is it safe to take?
During end of first trimester door hit on lower abdomen will it harm the baby. As I am felling the heart beat of the babies (twins).
My first child was born with heart defects (2 vsd's and a double chambered right ventricle) I'm now pregnant what's the chance of the same again?
Rare: Most of congenital heart defects occurs randomly. ...Read more
The answer is no for both questions.
Routinely cardiac echo is not done for all newborns. It is not cost effective procedure and not needed for the majority of newborns.
The newborn who presents with cardiac signs and symptoms like cyanosis or heart murmur will require further cardiac workup that might include echocardiogram.
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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
Many: Many babies have heart murmurs, but most do not have heart disease. Approximately 1 in 100 babies are born with heart disease, so it is important that your baby have a full evaluation by a pediatrician and possibly a pediatric cardiologist if your doctor thinks it is necessary. ...Read more
Usually a few days: Sometimes, it may also take a few months, and in rare cases, it may take longer. Uncommonly, the holes may not fully close and can cause problems in rare cases. ...Read more
VSD: 20/1, 000 live births have bicuspid aortic valves, isolated anomalous lobar pulmonary veins or a silent patent ductus arteriosus. Chd is about 6/1, 000 live births (19/1, 000 live births if the potentially serious bicuspid aortic valve is included), and of all forms increases to 75/1, 000 live births if tiny muscular vsds present at birth and other small defecs included. Vsd=ventricular septal defects. ...Read more
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
Fetal Monitor: For non medical people, the best way is place the monitor below the umbilicus and sweeps on either side of the lower abdomen until you hear heart beat. Whereever you pick up heart keep the monitor there. ...Read more
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
Makes no sense: Stunted? You mean short? Shorter children do not grow up to have more heart problems than taller ones; heart disease relates to individual risk factors like family history and lifestyle. As a general rule, it's better to be thin than to be obese; but children need enough calories to grow properly. ...Read more
Don't worry: Fetal heart rate varies a lot during the day, esp so early in pregnancy. It is the average that matters. At this stage of your pregnancy, you can just relax and follow the advice of your OB. Depending upon if any high risk factors have been identified for any action to be taken to prevent loss. ...Read more
Is it normal for unborn babies to have an opening in the upper chamber of the heart? Is it something I should worry about?
Upper Chamber open.: There are 2 natural openings in unborn babies. A patent ductus arteriosus (between Pulm Artery and Aorta) and a Patent Foramen Ovale (between the Left and Right atria). The PFO is the one you refer. It is natural and closes in the majority of babies shortly after birth. Other PFOs stay open and may need to be closed later, although still uncommon. ...Read more
Malformation: The heart is a complex organ and an amazing one. About 1/2 to1% of live born infants have some form of defect ranging from minimal and self healing to major & life threatening. The process that forms the heart is influenced by a number of genes scattered within the child's dna. Recurrence risk within the same family of some form of defect is slightly elevated. ...Read more
PDA: Pda or patent ductus arteriosus is the most common form of cardiac abnormality in premature infants. Other forms of heart disease or anatomical variants such as a pfo or patent foremen ovale may also be present. ...Read more