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Dr. Barton Cook
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Congenital Heart Disease (Overview)

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


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How can you make sure you don't get congenital heart disease?

How can you make sure you don't get congenital heart disease?

No plan I know of: Congenital heart disease (chd) is a sporadic event occuring in ~1% of births. It is frequently seen in chromasome disorders. Having one or more parents with a defect increases risk but not always for the same defects. Having a 1st child with chd increases risk for a 2nd. A healthy lifestyle prior to and during pregnancy is the best anyone can do. Even then, ~4% of nbns will have an issue to deal with. ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
217 Doctors shared insights

Congenital Heart Disease (Overview)

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


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How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into?

How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into?

As any Baby..: Any new born baby brings joy and stress to their new parents and family.
You do not mention what type of congenital heart disease, as they vary in severity from very mild to very severe. The level of care an impact to the family dynamics will be affected depending on this.
Surround yourself with a good base of support and a medical team to care for the medical aspect.
Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
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What is the most common symptom or sign to lead a pediatrician to suspect? Congenital heart disease?

What is the most common symptom or sign to lead a pediatrician to suspect? Congenital heart disease?

Murmur: A noise the blood makes as it flows through a narrow opening, your doc may suspect chd if newborn is having trouble breathing or oxegenating his blood. ...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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Congenital heart disease. What are the chances that somebody makes it to adulthood without ever getting diagnosed?

Congenital heart disease. What are the chances that somebody makes it to adulthood without ever getting diagnosed?

Depends: It depends on the type of congenital malformation. There are some serious congenital heart defects that can be diagnosed in utero and some obvious upon birth. Others, like anomalous origin of the coronary artery or a patent foramen ovale may never cause any trouble and may not ever be recognized unless an evaluation or test for other reasons happens to demonstrate the anomoly. ...Read more

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What are the tests for congenital heart disease?

Ultrasound, EKG: An echo and ultrasound will pick up nearly all. Further testing may be indicated in specific cases. ...Read more

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What to do if I have congenital heart disease, diagnosed when I was a baby now im16 I want to know what will happen?

What to do if I have congenital heart disease, diagnosed when I was a baby now im16 I want to know what will happen?

Hard to say: CHD encompasess a number of disorders with a varied impact on the individual. Some self correct and never result in an adult problem, while others mar require a heart transplant for survival. If you do not provide enough background data to the site, answers must remain non-specific. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic causes congenital heart disease?

Which antibiotic causes congenital heart disease?

No Known: Some medications are known to cause birth defects if taken by a pregnant woman. However, I am not aware of any known associations with antibiotics causing specific heart defects in pregnancy. ...Read more

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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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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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What is the best treatment for congenital heart disease?

What is the best treatment for congenital heart disease?

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. ...Read more

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Is congenital heart disease genetic?

Is congenital heart disease genetic?

Some of it: Even though 8 out of every 1000 babies born will have have some form of heart defect, when there is a first line family member affected the number goes up to about 16-30/1000 (for some particular defects this number will be higher) so this would suggest a genetic component...We just haven't learned enough about genetics and the heart to be more precise, but this is changing every day. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Is congenital heart disease correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

No: I think this is a definition issue. Congenital means "from birth", and most congenital issues are caught nearer to birth, especially major ones that either cause blue lips and gums, or failure to grow properly. Sometimes an issue like a small hole between chambers of the heart goes undetected, and is found later on a cardiac work up for other reasons. But issues like that start from birth. ...Read more

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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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Can you die from congenital heart disease?

Can you die from congenital heart disease?

Yes: Yes. There are several heart defects that you may die from if you are affected. Usually that happens early in life. Many of the defects can be corrected surgically, but not all of them and sometimes despite correction they do not have good prognosis. I would refer you for the list of such conditions to pediatric cardiologist since science in this area is changing constantly. ...Read more

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What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for congenital heart disease?

Ultrasound, EKG: An echo and ultrasound will pick up nearly all. Further testing may be indicated in specific cases. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is congenital heart disease?

What sort of disease is congenital heart disease?

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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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

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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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What are death rates of congenital heart disease?

Variable: This varies quite a bit with the chd under consideration. If you have a specific one in mind, please submit a new question with that in mind. ...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