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Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Patrick Callahan
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: 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?

In brief: 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?
Dr. Patrick Callahan
Dr. Patrick Callahan
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