What causes heart defects?

Many causes... Unfortunately, there is no one specific cause. We currently state the cause is multifactorial. There are some gene defects which cause heart defects, but other defects are caused by multiple factors. Please discuss this with your doctor if you are concerned about potential heart defects in you or someone else.
Most are. Acquired and you are born with (congenital) which are rare in comparison.
Heart defect. It depends on the condotion, it could be congenttal, that means you are born with it.

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What are the causes fetal heart defects?

Multifactorial. Genetic, metabolic, infectious and environmental causes can lead to cardiac birth defects. Taking Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily for your reproductive life (18-50) can prevent 75% of those defects.
Many causes. Unfortunately, there is no one specific cause. We currently state the cause is multifactorial. There are some gene defects which cause fetal heart defects, but other defects are caused by multiple factors. Please discuss this with your doctor if you are concerned about potential fetal 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.

Does vitamin E cause heart defects in unborn baby?

Possibly. Thanks for this question. A single retrospective study suggests high doses of e can significantly increase risk of congenital heart defects, but it was based on women recalling what they ate & took; such studies are not always reliable. To be safe avoid more than 30 iu/day. Too little vit e in pregnancy increases asthma. See http://www. Babymed. Com/medications/can-too-much-vitamin-e-hurt-my-baby.

Can antibiotics cause congenital heart defects in my unborn child?

Probably not. Each antibiotic should be considered individually.
Likely no. There are a few medications that cause heart defects in the baby when a pregnant mother takes them. Most antibiotics have been studied and do not cause heart defects. However, it is always important to check with your OB before taking any medications when you are pregnant.
Possibly. Each medicine has specific risks in terms of causing birth defects. Some types--nitrofurantoins (one of multiple examples) which are used for UTIs--have been shown to be associated with fetal heart defects. This does NOT mean there is a direct cause and effect relationship though. Please discuss any specific concerns with your doctor/obstetrician.

Can congenital heart defects or certain drugs result in increased cardiac output? What else causes it? Mine is 7.2lmin squared.

Yes. Medications and certain medical conditions can raise your cardiac output. But before going further, we need to know how you had your cardiac output measured, since the technique itself can give us some answers.
CO = HR x SV. Cardiac output (co) is the volume of blood pumped per minute, and related to heart rate (hr) and stroke volume (sv) (volume per heart beat). It can be affected by many bodily activities. An increase in either hr or sv can result in inceased co. So any drug that increases hr (caffeine, etc) can result in incresed co. Certain congenital heart defects (such as septal defects) can alter co.

What are different types of heart defects?

Mild to severe. Vsds are common and mild (murmurs - aka hole in the heart), but other defects are more complex and rare. See: http://texaschildrens. Org/locate/doctors/ayres, -nancy/.

What type of scan checks for heart defects?

Ultrasound. Conventionally, "heart defects" refers to an abnormality in the heart that is congenital, or present at birth. Almost all congenital heart defects can be diagnosed successfully by echocardiography (heart ultrasound) particularly if the ultrasound lab and interpreting cardiologist have experience in congenital heart disease (pediatric cardiologist.).

What are the physical impacts of heart defects?

Fatigue, cyanosis. Babies who have heart defects may have a bluish hue to their skin and mucous membranes (cyanosis), or they may breathe faster and harder than normal. They may sweat and fatigue easily, being unable to feed normally. If your baby is diagnosed with a heart defect, his doctor should be able to tell you the specific signs to look for that would indicate he is struggling and may need help.
Varies with type. The impact of the defect depends on the type of defect. Some defects have virtually no physical signs, and your baby or child may look and act perfectly normal and have no restreictions. Other types of heart defects can pose serious restrictions on the child, from bluish or grayish coloring to fatigue, poor feeding, lack of growth or exercise intolerance just to name a few.
Heart defects. It really depends on the type of defect. It can range from nothing to severe.
Variable. Depends on type & severity...More information needed.