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A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Mixed: Cardiomyopathy means heart muscle disease. There are multiple causes. Some causes are abnormal proteins caused by a gene defect. Congenital heart disease conventionally refers to an abnormality that is present at birth in the structure of the heart or blood vessels in the chest. Severity and impact varies from trivial to fatal. Some congenital heart diseases can develop features of cardiomyopathy.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

In what way are cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease similar?

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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Limited similarity: Cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease are similar in that both are heart diseases. There are many types of cardiomyopathy and there are dozens of forms of congenital heart disease. Cardiomyopathy is heart muscle disease, due either to a molecular problem in the heart or to secondary damage from another disease. Congenital heart disease is a problem of heart development, present at birth.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What does congenital heart disease mean?

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Dr. Elaine Peterson
Dr. Elaine Petersonanswered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Born with it: Congenital heart disease is a general term given to people who are born with a heart problem(s). Around 25% of the people with congenital heart disease are considered critical and require surgery or catheter intervention within the first year of life.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Born with it: It is a heart defect you are born with. It may be simple, moderate, or very serious. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. Just under 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect, often minor and temporary. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Ultrasound, EKG: An echo and ultrasound will pick up nearly all. Further testing may be indicated in specific cases.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Multiple: Congenital heart defects are a collection of issues that could be devastating early or of almost no consequence even in the long. As there are a variety of maladies, the causes are multiple as well. Environmental factors, genetic abnormalities in either of the parents and a combination of these factors lead to congenital heart defects.

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