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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.

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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 Peterson answered
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 39-year-old member asked:

If I was born with a congenital heart disease are there any precautions I should take before going on long flights?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Depends on type: If you have a "cyanotic" congenital heart disease, you may need to wear oxygen during the flight. If your room air oxygen saturation (your doctor can check this) is <95%, you may need oxygen, and if <92%, you probably will.(managing passengers with respiratory disease planning air travel: bts recommendations. British thoracic society standards of care committee, thorax. 2002:57(4):289.).
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.
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.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Are the symptoms of congenital heart disease bad?

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Dr. Wlodzimierz Wisniewski
Neonatology 30 years experience
It depends on defect: It depends on what kind of defect it is. Some defects have no symptoms, some have mild symptoms such as faster breathing, difficulty eating, increased sweating while feeding. And some defects are life threatening causing low oxygen levels in your body and without surgery or other type of intervention within hours of delivery may be lethal.

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