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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. Read more...

Are congenital heart defects hereditary?

They can be. Multifactorial inheritance is seen with most congenital defects (including cardiac), meaning they more likely to recur in future pregnancies if the first one is affected (or if the mother or father is affected). Obviously, syndromic cases will have stronger genetic inheritance and more mendelian vertical transmission. Read more...
Depends on variables. There are a few syndromes with high frequency of specific heart defects that can have inheritance risk up to 50%. Most, however, are part of a complex inheritance pattern with around 5% risk.This 5% would include any pattern of congenital heart defect, not necessarily the same one. Read more...

What are some signs of congenital heart defects?

Many. Shortness of breath, dusky appearance & arryrhythimias can all be signs amongst others. Get an echocardiogram and consult with an age appropriate cardiologist. Read more...
Lots of symptoms. Can be related to chd. Rhythm problems, dizziness, fainting, water accumulation in legs or torso, difficulty breathing, nightly cough, weakness..... And lots more. Read more...

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. Read more...

Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

No. In fact, most babies with congenital heart disease are expected to reach adulthood. Some of the more severe lesions have up to a 30% mortality in the first year, however these are less common than the more treatable defects. 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...

How can genetic counseling help with inherited heart defects?

For family planning. Once the child is born with genetic heart defect, there is no going back--he/she will need regular care with heart doc/surgeon, and primary care doc/nurses as a team. Genetic counseling provides education, support, resources u can use now, and plan for future pregnancy/care. Best of luck to you. 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...