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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

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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What are the tests for congenital heart disease?

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 are death rates of congenital heart disease?

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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Need expert advice. What is congenital heart disease?

Need expert advice. What is congenital heart disease?

Present at birth: Congenital heart disease and the term congenital heart defect are used interchangeably. Congenital heart defects are structural abnormalities of the heart and/or the large blood vessels in the chest that are present at birth. There are dozens of different defects. Some have no real implication and some can have life-threatening consequences requiring multiple surgeries starting early in life. ...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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How can congenital heart disease be genetic?

How can congenital heart disease be genetic?

Multifactorial: The inheritance of congenital heart defects follows a different pattern than commonly thought of genetic traits like skin or eye color. The risk to any newborn is a little less than 1%. The risk of a subsequent child i higher - about 2-3%. The risk to the child if the mother (or father although the numbers are lower)is affected is about 6-8% and varies with the defect. ...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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How commonly is congenital heart disease genetic?

How commonly is congenital heart disease genetic?

Polygenic problem: The information that codes for proper heart formation is shared by many genes on chromosomes. Genetic studies show linkage, where a person with a form of chd has a 4% chance of having a first degree relative with any form of chd as well as a 4% risk of having a child with a chd. A few rare syndromes have higher genetic risk (dominant = 50%) that sometimes have chd as part of the syndrome. ...Read more

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How are coronary and congenital heart disease different?

How are coronary and congenital heart disease different?

Difference: Congenital heart disease means you are born with it. Rarely coronary arteries are the main problem, usually it is one of the more common structural deformities. Coronary heart disease is disease of the coronary arteries, generally as a result of lifestyle issues such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, etc. ...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

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