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What does congenital heart disease mean?

What does congenital heart disease mean?

Defect at birth.: Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart's structure and/or function that is present at birth.It is the most common type of birth defect, and causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Treatment depends upon the condition, some require no treatment, others need critical intervention to survive. It affects 8-10 of each 1000 births. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of congenital heart disease bad?

Are the symptoms of congenital heart disease bad?

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. ...Read more

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If I had a?Congenital heart disease will my kids have it too?

If I had a?Congenital heart disease will my kids have it too?

Slightly increased: Dependent upon your diagnosis, the chance of your children having chd increase from around 1% to anywhere from 2-4%. If you have a genetic disorder the chances can significantly increase. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Congenital heart disease?

What is the definition or description of: Congenital heart disease?

Congenital Heart: Congenital heart disease includes heart problems/abnormalities present at birth. This can include septal defects (holes), abnormality of heart valves and rhythm disturbances occurring at birth ...Read more

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How do integrative doctors treat congenital heart disease?

Comprehensive care: Congenital heart disease should be cared for in hospitals with a dedicated team of highly trained specialists, including pediatric cardiologists, congenital heart surgeons, intensive care physicians/ neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social work, physical and speech therapists, family support team, and other medical consultants to provide integrated care. ...Read more

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Which health care professionals? Deal with congenital heart disease?

Which health care professionals? Deal with congenital heart disease?

Congenital heart specialists: As a infant/child/teenager, patients with congenital heart are typcially cared for by pediatric cardiologists/cardiovascualrr surgeons. A new field of adult congenital heart is evolving in which internal medicine congenital heart cardiologists who have specialized training in congenital heart disease care for patients over 21 years of age. ...Read more

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In what way are cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease similar?

In what way are cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease similar?

Limited similarity: Cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease are similar in that both are heart diseases. There are many types of cardiomyopathy and there are dozens of forms of congenital heart disease. Cardiomyopathy is heart muscle disease, due either to a molecular problem in the heart or to secondary damage from another disease. Congenital heart disease is a problem of heart development, present at birth. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease?

Can you tell me more about cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease?

Mixed: Cardiomyopathy means heart muscle disease. There are multiple causes. Some causes are abnormal proteins caused by a gene defect. Congenital heart disease conventionally refers to an abnormality that is present at birth in the structure of the heart or blood vessels in the chest. Severity and impact varies from trivial to fatal. Some congenital heart diseases can develop features of cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Why are people with Down syndrome more prone to congenital heart disease?

Why are people with Down syndrome more prone to congenital heart disease?

Part of the defect: With Down syndrome, every tissue cell in the body have too much chromosome information in every cell. The extra information confuses the creation of complex body parts, and for DS patients the brain, heart, intestines,hands.feet and facial structures all have variable changes related to the defect. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone born with congenital heart disease?

What is the life expectancy of someone born with congenital heart disease?

Depends: Congenital heart disease can be very minor not warranting therapy or very severe and complex requiring multiple surgeries and procedures. Life expectancy will depend on which type of defect you have. Consult your pediatric cardiologist. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy of someone with congenital heart disease be?

What would the life expectancy of someone with congenital heart disease be?

Hard to answer: There are many different typesof congenital heart disease. Each type cannot be directly compared to others because the answer will be different. Many people, with a majority of the defects that we see today, will live a full and normal life. Thre are more people alive today in the us with chd over 18 than under. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Is there any relation between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Congenital: Some congenital syndromes have both heart anomalies and facial anomalies as parts of the syndrome. ...Read more

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How do I explain to my daughter what it means to have congenital heart disease?

How do I explain to my daughter what it means to have congenital heart disease?

How old is she?: Kids will process ideas if presented in a developmentaly appropriate format. Small kids believe in the tooth fairy & explanations should be short, focused & evident. A simple"you were born with a weak heart " should do early on, repeated as needed.(they don't take notes) after 7-8 when they let go of the tooth fairy they can process more, by the late teens they can get a full explanation. ...Read more

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Is there some connection between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Is there some connection between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Possibly: Congenital heart disease may be associated with other syndromes that can affect facial features. Your pediatric cardiologist should be able to provide more information. ...Read more

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Circulation and complex congenital heart disease: what symptoms would be most prominent?

Circulation and complex congenital heart disease: what symptoms would be most prominent?

Varies: Murmur cyanosis ( blue finger nails, lips) shortness of breath chest pressure frequent pulmonary infections buildup of fluid in legs maybe lung there are many symptoms depending on the disorder ...Read more

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Please tell me whether there is any relation between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Please tell me whether there is any relation between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Possibly: There are some syndromes that have Oral-Facial growth problems associated with congenital heart problems. You should seek a diagnosis from an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon or Cardiologist. ...Read more

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

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

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.). ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Congenital Heart Disease (Definition)

Congenital heart disease includes heart problems/abnormalities present at birth. This can include septal defects (holes), abnormality of heart valves and rhythm ...Read more


Cyanotic (Definition)

Cyanotic = bluish (or purplish) discoloration of skin due ...Read more