Birth defects - Heart Problems

Birth defects - Heart Problems

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Birth defects- Heart problems
Posted in 2014
common congenital heart defects include:
Septal defects, like atrial septal defect (also called ASD) and ventricular septal defect (also called VSD). These defects leave a hole in the septum. ...
Coarctation of the aorta (COA). In this condition, part of the aorta is narrow. ...
Heart valve abnormalities
Congenital means present at birth. Congenital heart defects are heart conditions that a baby’s born with. These conditions can affect the heart’s shape or how it works, or both.
Congenital heart defects are the most common types of birth defects. Birth defects are health conditions that a baby’s born with that change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. They can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops, or in how the body works.
Critical congenital heart disease (also called CCHD) is group of the seven most severe congenital heart defects. They may affect the shape of a baby’s heart, the way it works, or both. Babies with CCHD need treatment within the first few hours, days or months of life. Without treatment, CCHD can be deadly.
Nearly 1 in 100 babies (about 1 percent or 40,000 babies) is born with a heart defect in the United States each year. About 4,800 babies each year are born with CCHD. Many heart defects don’t need treatment or can be fixed easily. But some, like CCHD, can cause serious health problems or death.
If your baby’s health care provider thinks your baby has a congenital heart defect or CCHD, she can refer you to a pediatric cardiologist. This is a doctor who treats babies and children with heart problems.
My advise
1... I am telling U from the beginning that PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CURE
 2.. . The heart is a double pump made up of four chambers. Its role is to provide the body with oxygen. The heart takes blood through these stages:
  • It takes blood that is low in oxygen into the right collecting chamber (right atrium) and squeezes it into the right pumping chamber (right ventricle).
  • Blood is then pumped through an artery to the lungs to pick up oxygen.
  • From the lungs, blood packed with oxygen goes into the left collecting chamber (left atrium).
  • It then goes into the lower left pumping chamber (left ventricle) and into an artery (the aorta), where it starts its journey around the body again.
3.. . In around eight out of 10 cases, the reason for the congenital heart defect is unknown. Some of the known causes of CHD include:
  • Genes – 20 per cent of cases have a genetic cause.
  • Other birth defects – a baby affected by certain birth defects, such as Down syndrome, is more likely to have malformations of the heart.
  • Maternal illness – illness of the mother during pregnancy (for example, rubella – now rare) may increase the risk of congenital heart disorders.
  • Medication and drugs – medication (over-the-counter or prescription) or illicit drugs taken by the mother during pregnancy may increase the risk of congenital heart disorders.
  • Alcohol – a mother who drinks large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy may increase the risk of congenital heart disorders.
  • Maternal health – factors such as unmanaged diabetes and poor nutrition during pregnancy may increase the risk.
  • Maternal age – babies of older women are more likely to have a birth defect than babies of younger women.
4.. Note the above causes and avoid unwanted drugs n alcohol.  Maternal age is also causes of birth defects.  Take care before conceiving to have healthy child. 
5... Our body designed by the God to eliminate unwanted from the body with Skin, kidneys, nose and anus.. 
6.. Eat fiber contained food to avoid blockage 
7.. Drink water as needed to eliminate unwanted. 
8..Your positive thinking will avoid holes in heart of your child.
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