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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the best treatment for congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It Depends: There are many different types of congenital heart diseases. Therapies range from watchful waiting to medication to surgery. There is a need to see your pediatrician and perhaps a pediatric cardiologist for a definitive answer depending upon the problem.

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A 16-year-old female asked:

Treatment and control of heart disease?

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Depends: On the type of heart disease. CAD are usually managed by controlling risk factors with or without surgical intervention like PTCA and CABG.Valvular disease are surgically managed or observation or meds, congestive disease are managed with medications and supportive care. Arrthymias are managed with cardioversion,meds and sometimes AICD. Please specify type of heart disease
A 39-year-old member asked:

What does congenital heart disease mean?

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Dr. Elaine Peterson
Dr. Elaine Petersonanswered
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 45-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is congenital heart disease?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
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:

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.
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.
Last updated Mar 11, 2014

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