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is congenital heart disease a disease associated with aging?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
No: Congenital heart disease is present at birth.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not specificly: The sporadic occurrence of congenital heart disease in a baby is influenced by many factors including heredity & toxic exposure. Maternal /paternal age at conception does not seem to have a direct influence unless a chromosome defect comes into play. Then advanced maternal age increases risk of trisomy & each chromosome defect has a higher risk of a heart defect.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
No: Congenital means you were born with it.

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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.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Help please! is congenital heart disease a disease that is associated with aging?

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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
No : Congenital means that it is related to a condition present at birth. Congenital heart disease would be present when you are born. It may worsen with age if untreated.

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