What are the physical impacts of heart defects?

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.
Variable. Depends on type & severity...More information needed.
Heart defects. It really depends on the type of defect. It can range from nothing to severe.
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.

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What causes heart defects?

Heart defect. It depends on the condotion, it could be congenttal, that means you are born with it. Read more...
Most are . Acquired and you are born with (congenital) which are rare in comparison. Read more...
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. Read more...

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/. Read more...

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.). Read more...

Could these heart defects be diagnosed together?

Hard to say. Since you didn't provide any background information, i cannot say.The site is not a chat room.If you submitted a prior question, it is not linked.Each question must have the basic information needed to describe the issue before an answer can be formulated. Read more...
Need more informatio. Which defects? Prior questions are not linked, so I am uncertain which defects you are referring to. Thank you for the question. Read more...

How long can children live with big uncorrected heart defects?

That depends... Entirely on the defect. Some need to be repaired quickly to save the life of the baby. Some are repaired later, when the baby is a bit bigger and stronger. Read more...
Chd . Usually a life expectancy's lower with unrepaired congenital heart defects , it depends on the type of the defect to know what is expected life expectancy is. Read more...

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

Are migraines and heart defects linked to one another?

Migraines and PFO's. I think the answer is possibly. 28 million American's suffer from migraines. Several studies have shown that those with migraines may have a higher incidence of residual PFO (Patent foramen ovale) which is a normal structure between the upper 2 chambers of the heart that is suppose to close after birth. A study in the Am. Journal of Cardiology (Feb 2008) may be a good source of information for you. Read more...

I have three heart defects, what would be my average life expectancy?

Varaiable. The answer to this question depends on what the three defects are, the individual severity of each of those defects, the treatments that have been provided, and the relative success of those treatments. It is possible to have three defects and have a normal lifespan, or it is possible that lifespan could be severely affected. Read more...

Where can I get information on fetal heart defects fast?

UpToDate, OMIM. Pubmed' omim (online mendelian inheritance in man) and the online medical resource uptodate can provide information to some extent. Consult with a pediatric cardiologist for more details. Read more...