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Chances of second baby having heart defect?


I have a 3 month old boy with Pulmonary Stenosis and Atrial Septal Defect. Both are mild and being monitored, although im not yet planning on another baby out of curiosity what are my chances of having a second baby with congenital heart defects?
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We asked the doctor the same question - we have twins and our daughter has Aortic Stenosis, she will undergo surgery this summer. . . the Cardiologist told us that most congenital heart defect causes are still a mystery, they tend to develop in the first trimester and although lots of people are studying it, no one really knows too much about the why it happens to some children and not others.

We are currently participating in a study that took DNA samples from my husband, myself and our twins. Evidently, we are an interesting case given that we have twins - one with a defect and one without.

Best wishes to you and your little one - feel free to email me through my profile.  (+ info)

does heart surgery link to brain defects such as DYSCALCULIA?


I am very bright but have trouble with all mathematical concepts. I have had a open heart surgery years ago where i replaced my valves with artificial ones
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Why does there always have to be something wrong with people? Why can't you just be not good at math?  (+ info)

artificial heart valves were a major breakthrough in treating people with congenital valve defects....*urgent?


why is this technology so important?
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It is important because while it is not common for a baby to have a congenital heart defect, having an artificial valves give that patient a higher chance of survival. When it comes to cadaver valves or a pig valve, a lot of times the body will not accept it. Artificial seem like they have a less of a chance of being denied. My brother's daughter had a pig valve placed in, and it failed. They had to use an artificial heart valve, which the body accepted immediately.

My son was born with transposition of the great artery, and had do undergo major surgery when he was 2 days old to save his life. The issue is, they call it a "switch" procedure, where they cut the valves and connect them the same way, hence, the "switch". But since the arteries attached the valves are so stretched out, he has a major murmur that he will probably need fixed in the next few years. If we had an artificial heart/artery, it wouldn't be needed.  (+ info)

chances of second baby having heart defect?


I have a 3 month old boy with Pulmonary Stenosis and Atrial Septal Defect. Both are mild and being monitored, although im not yet planning on another baby out of curiosity what are my chances of having a second baby with congenital heart defects?
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yes, chances are there.  (+ info)

Is there any future for children born with heart defects and is there any treatmant?


It depends on the which defect or how many defects they have. There are 4 common congenital heart defects and a child can be born with one or any combination of the 4, some are born with all 4. Often if it is caught early and treated properly (treatment includes a lot of parent education) the child can lead a productive life. Limitations may vary greatly on the individual.

I believe the key is compliance with the plan you and your physician have set up and the proper monitoring. If necessary some conditions can be treated with surgery.  (+ info)

2 defects of the circulatory system that can lead to heart attacks.?


i know the arteries can clog but what else?
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atherosclerotic narrowing
coronary emboli
coronary artery vasospasm  (+ info)

Can having diabetes when you are pregnant really cause heart defects in baby?


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Congenital Heart Defect - atrial septal defect?


Which method is better in detecting or affirming the presence of a congenital heart defect, especially the atrial septal defect? is it MRI or ECG?
Thank you!
What if compare MRI with Echocardiogram?
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An ECG alone is of limited value in detecting or affirming the presence of a congenital heart defect. While some heart defects, including primum and secunding ASDs, are associated with specific ECG findings, ECGs are neither sensitive nor specific enough for a doctor to rely on them alone.

MRI provides very high resolution images of the cardiac anatomy and, done properly, is probably THE best imaging study that we have at the present time to detect the presence of congenital heart lesions. The problem is that MRI is VERY expensive and is therefore not really considered to be a "first line" imaging study. For many congenital heart defects, an echocardiogram can provide all the necessary information. In those situations, MRI is overkill.

MRI is almost never inferior to echocardiograms, though, unless you consider patients who have pacemakers or ICDs and are therefore not always able to have MRI imaging. Hope that answers your question!  (+ info)

What blood pressure medication causes heart defects in newborns when the mother is taking it while pregnant?


digoxin... im pretty sure.  (+ info)

is there a cure for a baby being born w/heart defects if so is there a cure and what?


from congenital heart defects?
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Hey, you are dealing with a baby's heart and this is NO place to get answers. Only a pediatric cardiologist is qualified to give you any advice on that. But maybe someone here can tell you about their experience with similar problems, just so you'll know what possiblities there are. The TRUE answer to your question will still be from someone who is medically qualified to answer this for you, and that means a Doctor.  (+ info)

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