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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has congenital heart defects?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has congenital heart defects?

Depends: Congenital heart disease covers a wide range from life-threatening to benign. Start with your pediatrician, who can refer you to a pediatric cardiologist, who can make the right diagnosis, and advise you about prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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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


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I think my child may have congenital heart defects. What would that mean?

I think my child may have congenital heart defects. What would that mean?

A number of things: The prognosis for children with congenital heart defects really depends on the exact nature of the defect. Some are easily correctable by surgery, some don't need surgery at all and others need a series of more complicated surgeries. In any case keeping in close contact with your pediatrician and cardiologist is very important. Good nutrition will help your child heal well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about congenital heart defects?

Can you tell me about congenital heart defects?

Be more specific: Congenital heart defects are come in all types. Some common, some rare. Also, the prognosis and treatments can be very different. Please ask a more specific question, or see a doctor, . ...Read more

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Could congenital heart defects be diagnosed later on in life?

Could congenital heart defects be diagnosed later on in life?

Yes: A heart defect you are born with does not mean it will be diagnosed early. It may be mild, moderate, or very serious. Serious problems are usually found quickly. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. About 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later. ...Read more

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Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

No: In fact, most babies with congenital heart disease are expected to reach adulthood. Some of the more severe lesions have up to a 30% mortality in the first year, however these are less common than the more treatable defects. ...Read more

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When is surgery needed for?Congenital heart defects?

When is surgery needed for?Congenital heart defects?

For poor oxygen flow: When the nature of the defect is such that oxygen-poor blood goes to the carotids and/or coronaries, then corrective surgery must be utilized to modify the condition into one compatible with long-term survival. ...Read more

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What are the imaging signs and symptoms of congenital heart defects?

What are the imaging signs and symptoms of congenital heart defects?

Echo and cath. : From an imaging standpoint, an echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization would give the most definitive answers for a congenital heart defect. These studies can define the anatomy and function so decisions can be made regarding therapy. ...Read more

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My fiance has congenital heart defects and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

My fiance has congenital heart defects and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

It depends!: It depends on which congenital heart defects he has, what surgeries have been done to repair them, and what his current cardiac status is now. I recommend having your fiance schedule an appointment with his cardiologist, so that you can ask his cardiologist these questions. ...Read more

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What is considered the number one way or treatment for congenital heart defects or "hole in heart"?

What is considered the number one way or treatment for congenital heart defects or "hole in heart"?

Depends: Depends on the defect, but in most if not all, it would require a surgical intervention to patch it. The urgency depends on the type of defect, age and overall condition at the time of diagnosis. ...Read more

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