Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?

They can/some don't. Congenital heart defects include a number of conditions that vary greatly in their impact on final growth. The more severe the defect, the more likely it will require multiple surgeries and impair the bodies strength & growth. The cyanotic or blue baby group of defects are more likely to do this.Some defects, like the common small VSD self correct & seldom if ever alter the patients life.
Growth changes. In you or in an infant? Some heart defects contribute to failure to thrive in an infant and small child. Congestive heart failure in an adult can lead to edema (swelling) that will cause weight gain, abdominal enlargement and ankle swelling. What sort of growth changes are you asking about?

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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 athe most common congenital heart defects?

ASD and VSD. Atrial and ventricular septal defects are generally considered the most common forms of congenital heart disease. There are some differences based on geographic location, sex, and race as well, but ASDs and VSDs are generally most common among all human beings. 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...

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...

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...

Question about possible toxins causing congenital heart defects?

Yes they can. Alcohol intake during pregnancy is toxic to the fetus & heart defects have been associated with its use. Lithium, sometimes used for depression is associated with a specific defect. There are others. To produce a defect the toxin must be in play prior to 8 wks. Read more...
Toxins.... no. There are genetic causes and infectious causes, also there are some medications associated with chd like lithium. Read more...

Can you tell me about baby with the same congenital heart defects?

Confusing question. Your question is not specific enough to answer. What about chd's are you asking about? Please start over.Questions are not linked on the site. Read more...