What do they mean that babies can have risk for heart disease?

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.

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What is the most common heart disease in babies?

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...

What is the symtom for babies who has heart disease?

Many. From none to squatting, to shortness of breath, unable to pkay very long, to "clubbed fingers" = a sign, not a symptom. Read more...
Depends. Some of the heart diseases can be asymptomatic for a long time, another may present with symptoms on the 2-3 day of life. The most common early symptoms may be persistent cyanosis (blue hue) around the mouth, eyes, hands and feet, fatigue with a feeding, poor weight gain, decreased urine output, shortness of breath, - are some of them. They may come at the different time frame and not all together. Read more...
Variable. Cyanotic heart disease will present as blue color, not just hands and feet but all over. Other conditions symptoms may be fast breathing, poor feeding, slow weight gain. A murmur may be present and loud, or no murmur may be heard at all. Read more...

Is it possible to get a fatal heart disease while you are still a baby?

Rare but possible. Infants can acquire a viral infection of the heart just like adults.That infection can damage/ weaken the heart muscle to the point of progressive heart failure or death. Read more...

What is the prognosis for a baby with congenital heart disease?

Varies with defect. Some are minor and involve minimal impact on health or lifespan.Some are major & require many life threatening surgeries & a n altered limited lifestyle. The specific chd lesion is the most important factor followed by the availability of appropriate specialty care. Read more...
Too general. Chd represent a very wide array of cardiac defects. The prognosis is just as varied. Please clarify the diagnosis. Read more...

How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into?

As any Baby.. Any new born baby brings joy and stress to their new parents and family. You do not mention what type of congenital heart disease, as they vary in severity from very mild to very severe. The level of care an impact to the family dynamics will be affected depending on this. Surround yourself with a good base of support and a medical team to care for the medical aspect. Best of luck to you. Read more...

How does a baby with congenital heart disease affect the family its born in too?

Depends. Some problems are relatively simple to fix and after repair will be just fine and require little additional concern. More severe conditions may require multiple surgical procedures and require the allocation of major financial and emotional resources with expected increased stress levels. And some children will never be ok or will die. Good luck. Read more...
Prenatal diagnosis. Allows parents time to process information about the specific chd & what will happen at delivery. Parents grieve for the loss of the healthy baby they expected, but they often go through the stages of grief at different rates, & may revert to an earlier stage of grief. They also have to re-organize family life around their child's needs. Therapists, clergy, & prenatal counselors can help. Read more...