Perhaps the most fervent wish expectant parents have is that their new baby will be healthy. But somewhere along that nine-month journey to birth, any one of a number of factors can adversely affect the developing baby. One of the most common is a congenital heart defect, an abnormality with the structure of the heart that affects the its ability to function and pump blood efficiently throughout the baby’s body.
At the office of The DOCS, our skilled professionals care about the well-being of your baby and are trained in diagnosing and treating children with heart conditions including congenital heart defects.
Most cases have no known cause, although sometimes the condition can develop if the mother is exposed to certain illnesses and substances early in the pregnancy when the baby’s heart is developing, including:
Rubella (German measles). Your doctor can test you for immunity before pregnancy and vaccinate you against it if you aren't immune.
Diabetes. You can reduce risk by carefully controlling your diabetes before attempting to conceive and during pregnancy.
Medications. Give your doctor a complete list of medications you take before attempting to become pregnant.'
Alcohol and smoking. Both increase risk of congenital heart defects.
Heredity. Congenital heart defects sometimes run in families and may be associated with a genetic syndrome.
Stress. Before and during pregnancy, stress can contribute to the development of congenital heart defect.
If your baby has a congenital heart defect, the office of The DOCS is here to help. We will thoroughly evaluate your baby’s condition to identify exactly where the abnormality is and the severity of the defect. From there, we will develop the best possible treatment plan. Depending on the severity of the case, congenital heart defect can be treated with medications, catheter procedures or surgery. For more information or to arrange for a consultation, contact us today.
By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
March 25, 2021
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