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What is the life expectancy of someone born with congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
Depends: Congenital heart disease can be very minor not warranting therapy or very severe and complex requiring multiple surgeries and procedures. Life expectancy will depend on which type of defect you have. Consult your pediatric cardiologist.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What would the life expectancy of someone with congenital heart disease be?

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
Need more info: Thank you for the question. Congenital heart disease encompasses an enormous variety of lesions. Many of those lesions are compatible with average/normal life expectancy while many others are not. Knowledge of you specific diagnosis, and its severity, are required to give an estimated answer to your question.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What symptoms does someone with congenital heart disease always have?

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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballoanswered
Neonatology 39 years experience
Dusky: Most congenital heart disease is accompanied by a dusky appearance, because blood from the right side of the heart (blue beacuase of low oxygen) mixes with blood from the left side (red because it is saturated with oxygen). Also, increase respiratory rate can accomany congenital heart disease because many of these heart malformations cause the lungs to flood with fluid.

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