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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?

Depends on type: If you have a "cyanotic" congenital heart disease, you may need to wear oxygen during the flight. If your room air oxygen saturation (your doctor can check this) is <95%, you may need oxygen, and if <92%, you probably will.(managing passengers with respiratory disease planning air travel: bts recommendations. British thoracic society standards of care committee, thorax. 2002:57(4):289.). ...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.

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

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My two year old was born w/ congenital heart disease. He's been rolling his eyes back abnormally at random. Like its uncontrollable. Is this normal!?

My two year old was born w/ congenital heart disease. He's been rolling his eyes back abnormally at random. Like its uncontrollable. Is this normal!?

Unrelated: I can think of no process that puts the two issues together. CHD is a rather common birth condition and includes a number of abnormalities. The eye rolling suggests something involving the brains control of the eye muscles, a totally separate part of the body. You need to see the kids doc and have them sort this out. ...Read more

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Is congenital heart disease a disease associated with aging?

Is congenital heart disease a disease associated with aging?

Not specificly: The sporadic occurrence of congenital heart disease in a baby is influenced by many factors including heredity & toxic exposure. Maternal /paternal age at conception does not seem to have a direct influence unless a chromosome defect comes into play. Then advanced maternal age increases risk of trisomy & each chromosome defect has a higher risk of a heart defect. ...Read more

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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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What is the prognosis for a baby with congenital heart disease?

Varies with defect: Some are minor and involve minimal impact on health or lifespan.Some are major & require many life threatening surgeries & a n altered limited lifestyle. The specific chd lesion is the most important factor followed by the availability of appropriate specialty care. ...Read more

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How often can you find congenital heart disease prior to delivery?

How often can you find congenital heart disease prior to delivery?

Depends on study: Many forms of congenital heart disease are detected by prenatal ultrasound depending on the type of study preformed. A low level scan is often used to verify the head size which helps verify dates, position & placental location.Higher resolution studies can examine the heart size, valves &chambers & find many chd's. ...Read more

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What symptoms does someone with congenital heart disease always have?

Vary: This very much depends upon what type of congenital heart disease a patient has and how it behaves it that particular individual. The same form of congenital heart disease such can produce minimal or no symptoms in one patient and can produce symptoms of heart failure in another. ...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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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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Which health care professionals? Deal with congenital heart disease?

Which health care professionals? Deal with congenital heart disease?

Congenital heart specialists: As a infant/child/teenager, patients with congenital heart are typcially cared for by pediatric cardiologists/cardiovascualrr surgeons. A new field of adult congenital heart is evolving in which internal medicine congenital heart cardiologists who have specialized training in congenital heart disease care for patients over 21 years of age. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease?

Can you tell me more about cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease?

Mixed: Cardiomyopathy means heart muscle disease. There are multiple causes. Some causes are abnormal proteins caused by a gene defect. Congenital heart disease conventionally refers to an abnormality that is present at birth in the structure of the heart or blood vessels in the chest. Severity and impact varies from trivial to fatal. Some congenital heart diseases can develop features of cardiomyopathy. ...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 disease includes heart problems/abnormalities present at birth. This can include septal defects (holes), abnormality of heart valves and rhythm ...Read more