A PDA is a type of congenital heart defect. A congenital heart defect is any type of heart problem that’s present at birth.
If your baby has a PDA but an otherwise normal heart, the PDA may shrink and go away. Some children need treatment to close their PDAs.
If your baby is born with another heart defect (in addition to PDA) that decreases blood flow from the heart to the lungs or that decreases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body, medicine may be given to keep the ductus arteriosus open.
This helps maintain blood flow and oxygen levels until doctors can do corrective surgery for the heart defect.
Yarrow , i dunno , but ill get a baseline checkup. just to make sure everything is ok. i finally got the whole story on my brother, he went in the hospt with a panic attack and they ran all kinds of tests on him and found that he has an enlarge heart . Dunno what is causing it. But he is suspose to be stress free .
Grendslori, why would it come a big shock to me ? i dont know much on PDA but what ive read on internet .Like this one .... Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a heart problem that occurs soon after birth in some babies. In PDA, abnormal blood flow occurs between two of the major arteries connected to the heart.
Before birth, the two major arteries—the aorta and the pulmonary (PULL-mun-ary) artery—are connected by a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus. This vessel is an essential part of fetal blood circulation.
Within minutes or up to a few days after birth, the vessel is supposed to close as part of the normal changes occurring in the baby's circulation.
In some babies, however, the ductus arteriosus remains open (patent). This opening allows oxygen-rich blood from the aorta to mix with oxygen-poor blood from the pulmonary artery. This can put strain on the heart and increase blood pressure in the lung arteries.
Anyways after i was born i had it and also had heart murmurs, lung problems , was on vent. but thats all because i was 3 months early . stayed in hospt. for 3 months then got out to only go right back in around x-mas cause i stopped breathing. and kept me for another week . anyways all i was wondering is am i at major risk here for developing some heart problem ? because of my family memebers having it ?
This may come a a big shock to you but you were NOT born with a heart problem. ALL babies are born with PDA; it is a small hole that is found in all newborn and is a left over byproduct from when the baby was in utero. The hole allows the blood to be transferred between the mother and unborn baby. This holes closes up without intervention shortly after the baby is born. This is totally NORMAL. This is not any form of congenital heart disease. Now, having said that, some forms of cardiomyopathy can be genetic in nature so you may be predisposed to having CHF..... IF.... this is a genetic form of the disease.
Is there any question in your mind about what your next step should be?
P.S grandmother has past on , she died at 66 she went into cardiac arrest
Well i just found out my dad and my grand mother (mother side) have/ had enlarge heart and CHF , now also my brother has an enlarge heart with CHF . So im assuming at some point i may develope it also ? i think my changes of getting it just increased big time right?
I would recommend a complete work up by cardiologist. With a family history you should get a baseline. If your problem resolved itself it could be something completely different. I would not just assume something was a panic attack until you are cleared by a cardiologist.
I have panic attacks, and this sounds a lot like my experiences with them.
You are young, and that's in your favor heart-wise, but since your father developed heart disease at a young age, and you were born with a problem, I think you should see a cardiologist to have a baseline checkup now. With your family history, it would simply be wise.
I also had heart murmurs after i was born ,And a few other things going on as a newborn !