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Is it unlikely that an undiagnosed congenital heart defect presents for the first time as heart failure in a 20 y/o. yes or no? from what i know rare

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Dr. Elden Rand answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Rare but possible: There are certain heart defects which may not be evident until early adulthood such as septal defects or noncompaction cardiomyopathies. Other heart conditions such a viral cardiomyopathy can occur in any age.

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala answered

Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology

Possible: Agree. Some defects are more subtle and may escape detection earlier in life. I have personally diagnosed atrial septal defects in adults on multiple occasions. That said, they are often found incidentally (e.g. after an episode of passing out), and not in heart failure. Nevertheless, it is possible. Please see your doctor if you are concerned about having a congenital heart defect.

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