Related Questions

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...
Absolutely. This is exactly why these screens are done. The vast majority of abnormalities can be picked up on the screening US. If they see something suspicious, though, they should offer or you should insist on a higher level screening - in the case of the heart, a fetal ECHO should be done by a pediatric cardiologist who is trained specifically in fetal ECHO.Info obtained before birth is extremely helpful. Read more...

Can you tell me about congenital heart defects?

Be more specific. Congenital heart defects are come in all types. Some common, some rare. Also, the prognosis and treatments can be very different. Please ask a more specific question, or see a doctor, . Read more...

Could congenital heart defects be diagnosed later on in life?

Yes. A heart defect you are born with does not mean it will be diagnosed early. It may be mild, moderate, or very serious. Serious problems are usually found quickly. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. About 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later. Read more...
Yes. Certain defects can be tolerated for many years and picked up later in life. Coarctation of the aorta is one, but many can be diagnosed later. Please consult with a physician if you have any concerns about the possible presence of a congenital heart defect. Read more...

When is surgery needed for? Congenital heart defects?

For poor oxygen flow. When the nature of the defect is such that oxygen-poor blood goes to the carotids and/or coronaries, then corrective surgery must be utilized to modify the condition into one compatible with long-term survival. Read more...

What are the imaging signs and symptoms of congenital heart defects?

Depends. It depends on the defect but ekg and echo will pick up almost all. The specific signs and symptoms depend entirely on what the defect is. Many have no symptoms or symptoms that only develop later in life. Read more...
Echo and cath. . From an imaging standpoint, an echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization would give the most definitive answers for a congenital heart defect. These studies can define the anatomy and function so decisions can be made regarding therapy. Read more...

What is considered the number one way or treatment for congenital heart defects or "hole in heart"?

Depends. Depends on the defect, but in most if not all, it would require a surgical intervention to patch it. The urgency depends on the type of defect, age and overall condition at the time of diagnosis. Read more...
It depends. About 1% of all children have some form of congenital heart disease, many of which are "holes" or defects between chambers. Most of these are very minor and require no treatment. Many close by themselves over time. A small fraction of the larger defects require repair, which can require open heart surgery or (more and more often) closure using a catheter (tube) inserted through a blood vessel. Read more...
Ped.Cardiologist. Need to undergo a complete evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist to determine the specific nature of the congenital heart defect. Only then a rational specific recomendation can be advised. It is not just a "hole in the heart", it is not that simple. There are many possible "holes in the heart" and associated additional abnormalities that are to taken into consideration for recomendation. Read more...

If an unborn baby has congenital heart defects, should you still go through with the pregnancy?

Yes - ... Most congenital heart defects are able to be treated with surgery and medications . The decision to have a baby with a known congenital heart defect is always personal. The couple should seek a timely opinion of an experienced pediatric cardiologist. Genetic testing and imaging is important to identify the defect, counsel the couple and look for associated abnormalities. Read more...
Depends. This is personal choice and depends on the genetic make-up of the baby, the presence of other anomalies and the severity of the cardiac defect(s). Genetic counseling and pediatric cardiology consultation are essential! http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/congenitalheartdefects/aboutcongenitalheartdefects/about-congenital-heart-defects_ucm_001217_article.Jsp. Read more...

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. Read more...
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. Read more...