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how long can children live with some sort of "hole in the heart"?

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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Normal life: "hole in the heart" is either a ventricular septal defect (vsd) or atrial septal defect (asd), some children are born with a "hole" between the 2 sides of the heart chambers, and many of those "holes" close by themselves , whereas others will need surgery to close them if the heart has to work too hard. The child's cardiologist determine whether or when they need surgery to cure them.

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Is my child considered disabled if he has an ebstein's anomaly in his heart?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: Ebstein anomaly is variable, changing the size of rt ht chambers & valve efficiency. If the change is minimal the effect on later function may be also. The more complex the defect the more likely to impair function.Disability is used to describe lack of certain functions at the expected age (walking, self help, seeing, hearing etc.).If the kid can't do kid level stuff, the disability lable applys.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can I teach my children to eat heart smart?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Good nutrition: Healthy dietary habits begin in childhood, so it's great you are asking this question. The best way to teach healthy habits is for you to model them yourself. Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. Find creative ways to bring a variety of veggies into the diet. Don't allow any trans fats. Eat vegetarian meals frequently. Grow a garden and use your own veggies. Have your kids plan and cook meals.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How long can children live with big uncorrected heart defects?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
That depends...: Entirely on the defect. Some need to be repaired quickly to save the life of the baby. Some are repaired later, when the baby is a bit bigger and stronger.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How to help hypo plastic left heart syndrome children?

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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Team approach: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a serious congenital heart defect with lifelong consequences. The best care is delivered at centers that have adopted a team based approach with the pediatric cardiologists and congenital heart surgeons work in concert with a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and other professionals to support all of the needs of the children with this important problem.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me some rare yet curable heart/ organ diseases that children can have?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Many: Patent ductus arteriosus is an example of one

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