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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?

DVT precautions: If your heart disease causes a problem with circulation in your legs, then you might want to consider wearing compression stockings to help prevent getting a deep vein thrombosis or a blood clot in your legs that can break off and cause real problems. This is definitely something to chat with your doctor about. ...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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If man has a congenital heart disease , is his life term short?

If man has a congenital heart disease , is his life term short?

Depends: Congenital heart disease have had significant advances in technology of diagnosis and treatment. Especially with surgical treatments. So much so that there is now a specialty in cardiology kown as "adult congenital cardiology" dedicated to the care of adults born with congenital heart disease. To answer your question it depends on the details of the disease. Some may not affect life span,some will ...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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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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Could you suggest treatment for congenital heart disease with atrial septial defect for a man aged 39?

Could you suggest treatment for congenital heart disease with atrial septial defect for a man aged 39?

Depending on size: Treatment of (ASD) is dependent on its size, whether there is significant flow across it, and the location within the atrial septum. If it's a significant defect then treatment is either surgical with open heart surgery, or transcatheter device closure if the defect meets the required criteria. If it's a small defect with no right heart chamber dilatation then typically no treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Is having congenital heart disease something to worry about? My wife is upset since my son's doctor visit.

Time for conference: If your wife left the visit confused about the lable of chd it was likely poorly explained or mom was unable to process the info at the time & ask important questions.A good phone conversation or consutation visit should get everybody on track. Chd can be minor & have no impact on one's life or require major surgery. Most of the later are evident at birth so theres a good chance this is less so. ...Read more

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Whats more accurate a cardiac MRI or an mdct ....Specifically for adult congenital heart disease? Whats the prefrence between the 2?

Whats more accurate a cardiac MRI or an mdct ....Specifically for adult congenital heart disease? Whats the prefrence between the 2?

Need details to say: Congenital heart disease is a broad topic. Often a sound wave tewt (echocardiogram ) is all that is needed. Choice of the appropiate test or tests depends on the cardiologist's thinking about what the likely diagnosis might be. ...Read more

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Ciara has congenital heart disease heart wise doing well at present vomited today she is running a temp 37.9 not really coming down asleep now ???

Fever: A temperature of 38 C is considered low grade fever. Measure temperature periodically. If fever/ vomiting continues needs to be seen,. Influenza and other viruses are going around. Children with congenital heart disease are more prone to complications from infection. ...Read more

Dr. Todd Zimmerman
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Listlessness (Definition)

Means something like unanimated, having poor energy and feeling apathetic. For example if it is a very hot day and you are tired and don't feel you have the energy to do things, you might say that you are feeling listless. In mental health, having a strong sense of listlessness not related to hot weather, etc., can indicate a sense of hopelessness, ...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