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What to do about congenital heart defect?

What to do about congenital heart defect?

Broad category: This label applies to some problems that self correct and some that need heart surgery. The specifics are defined by the defect. Have an evaluation done by the most qualifies source available. Once the information is in, a plan can be formulated. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Congenital Heart Disease (Definition)

Congenital heart diseases are conditions affecting the heart's structure or function and that exist at birth. They can range from having no effect to being life-threatening, and these effects can start soon after birth ...Read more


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What sort of disease is a congenital heart defect?

What sort of disease is a congenital heart defect?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a congenital heart defect?

What are the symptoms of a congenital heart defect?

They vary widely: A congenital heart defect may be so mild that there are no symptoms during an individual's lifetime. At the other end of the spectrum, there may be severe distress at the time of birth. There are many different types of congenital heart defects and levels of severity such that a description of common symptoms is usually related to a specific defect. ...Read more

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How can I help my sister who has a congenital heart defect?

How can I help my sister who has a congenital heart defect?

Support her: I am not sure what type of defect she has, but minor congenital defects such as "holes in heart" (atrial or venticular septal defects) may not cause much problem at all. More major defect will require care from a specialist --heart doc/surgeon/ and primary care physician as a team. Be there for her, help her live her life the best she can. Say that you love her! good luck to you both. ...Read more

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How frequently does a congenital heart defect go undiagnosed?

How frequently does a congenital heart defect go undiagnosed?

Hard question: This depends on who is evaluating. It is highly unusual for an important congenital heart defect to be missed by a pediatric cardiologist. A major diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of congenital heart disease is a careful, focused physical examination. Echocardiography under the direction of a pediatric cardiologist is an important, reliable tool to confirm the diagnosis and establish details. ...Read more

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Can congenital heart defect heal itself within three to four years?

Can congenital heart defect heal itself within three to four years?

Some do some don't: A small VSD (hole between lower chambers) is a common defect that often closes spontaneously in the first year. A big one can lead to heart failure if neglected. Each defect must be monitored closely and treated based on need. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a child to be born with a congenital heart defect?

0.8%: Overall the incidence of congenital heart disease is about 8 per 1000 live births. The risk is higher when one of the parents has a congenital heart defect. The risk also increases for subsequent children once a couple has had a child with heart disease. It is also higher in association with certain exposures and syndromes. ...Read more

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Can a congenital heart defect lead to disability requiring a wheelchair?

Can a congenital heart defect lead to disability requiring a wheelchair?

Sure.: Congenital heart defects are associated with significant brain injury both before and after corrective surgery, therefore cerebral palsy or more mild neurodevelopmental defects can occur that would limit one's ability to ambulate or function independently. ...Read more