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If I have a vsd will be able to have children, will my child have a vsd?

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Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Most women with congenital heart defects can still have children.
The most important advice is to have a preconception consultation with an obgyn. They can then advise you on whether a cardiology consultation is needed, and whether an updated echocardiogram is needed prior to conception. Congenital birth defects affect 4/100 deliveries, so the likelihood that your child would have a vsd is low.

In brief: Yes

Most women with congenital heart defects can still have children.
The most important advice is to have a preconception consultation with an obgyn. They can then advise you on whether a cardiology consultation is needed, and whether an updated echocardiogram is needed prior to conception. Congenital birth defects affect 4/100 deliveries, so the likelihood that your child would have a vsd is low.
Dr. Jessica Scotchie
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Higher Chances

We know that children born to parents who had congenital heart disease are at an increased risk of being born with some form of chd themselves.
The reasons are not all specifically understood, but it does make sense in that some forms of chd are genetic. Most medical literature will quote an increase of ~5% above the general risk. But again, this is for any form of chd, not just vsds.

In brief: Higher Chances

We know that children born to parents who had congenital heart disease are at an increased risk of being born with some form of chd themselves.
The reasons are not all specifically understood, but it does make sense in that some forms of chd are genetic. Most medical literature will quote an increase of ~5% above the general risk. But again, this is for any form of chd, not just vsds.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on situation

If you are healthy a simple vsd is unlikely to prevent you from having children but that is something for you & your doc to discuss, based on your specific case.
Congenital heart defects have some genetic issues, but your risk if a kid with any chd runs about 4% while it goes up to 8% if the dad had any form of chd. The type of chd would likely be different if it occurred.

In brief: Depends on situation

If you are healthy a simple vsd is unlikely to prevent you from having children but that is something for you & your doc to discuss, based on your specific case.
Congenital heart defects have some genetic issues, but your risk if a kid with any chd runs about 4% while it goes up to 8% if the dad had any form of chd. The type of chd would likely be different if it occurred.
Dr. James Ferguson
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