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Dr. Barton Cook
216 doctors shared insights

Congenital Heart Disease (Overview)

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 or many years later.


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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

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Dr. Barton Cook
216 doctors shared insights

Congenital Heart Disease (Overview)

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 or many years later.


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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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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Tip)

Eating a Low-Fat Diet

Help to reduce your risk of heart disease. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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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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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Tip)

Eating a Low-Fat Diet

Low fat diets do not reduce heart disease risk nor improve heart health at all ...See more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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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

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