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What does congenital heart disease mean?

What does congenital heart disease mean?

Defect at birth.: Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart's structure and/or function that is present at birth. It is the most common type of birth defect, and causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Treatment depends upon the condition, some require no treatment, others need critical intervention to survive. It affects 8-10 of each 1000 births. ...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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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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If I had a? Congenital heart disease will my kids have it too?

If I had a? Congenital heart disease will my kids have it too?

Slightly increased: Dependent upon your diagnosis, the chance of your children having chd increase from around 1% to anywhere from 2-4%. If you have a genetic disorder the chances can significantly increase. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Congenital heart disease?

What is the definition or description of: Congenital heart disease?

Congenital Heart: Congenital heart disease includes heart problems/abnormalities present at birth. This can include septal defects (holes), abnormality of heart valves and rhythm disturbances occurring at birth ...Read more

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Could my unborn baby have congenital heart disease?

Could my unborn baby have congenital heart disease?

Maybe: Although many congenital heart defects, including most of the serious ones, are seen on prenatal ultrasound. ...Read more

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In what way are cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease similar?

In what way are cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease similar?

Limited similarity: Cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease are similar in that both are heart diseases. There are many types of cardiomyopathy and there are dozens of forms of congenital heart disease. Cardiomyopathy is heart muscle disease, due either to a molecular problem in the heart or to secondary damage from another disease. Congenital heart disease is a problem of heart development, present at birth. ...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

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Could one who has a congenital heart disease take green coffee beans?

Could one who has a congenital heart disease take green coffee beans?

Too vague: Congenital heart disease is an incredibly broad term, encompassing critical life-threatening & debilitating conditions as well as transient defects with no real clinical effect. With the more severe defects, any supplement or homeopathic medication should really be discussed with the PCP (especially if there is any history of arrhythmias), while mild defects may not need any special consideration. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between coronary and congenital heart disease?

Can you tell me the difference between coronary and congenital heart disease?

Yes: The former is an acquired condition while the latter is present at birth. ...Read more

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What is the difference between coronary diseases and? Congenital heart disease?

What is the difference between coronary diseases and? Congenital heart disease?

CHD: Congenital means you are born with it, and is usually a structural defect inside the heart. Coronary disease is a 'clogging' of the coronary arteries which occurs later in life due to a variety of causes. ...Read more

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Are? Congenital heart disease related to a faulty signal transduction pathway?

Are? Congenital heart disease related to a faulty signal transduction pathway?

Not likely.: Most congenital cardiac defects are due to multifactorial inheritance and environmental factors such as Folic Acid deficiency. I am not aware of specific studies linking them to a faulty signal transduction pathway, although such mechanisms frequently become the final common pathway of multiple etiological pathogenic factors. ...Read more

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How can congenital heart disease be related to a faulty signal transduction pathway?

How can congenital heart disease be related to a faulty signal transduction pathway?

Too complex: There are many types of congenital disease with many different and often unknown causes. So. There is no pat answer to this broad question. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is hope for children born with congenital heart disease?

Please let me know if there is hope for children born with congenital heart disease?

Yes: Both short term and long term outcomes depend on the exact type of congenital heart disease. The great majority of children with congenital heart disease will go on to live a normal or near normal life, even if they require open heart surgery. Almost every child born with congenital heart disease was options for successful care. Best care is delivered at congenital heart centers. ...Read more

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I have a history of congenital heart disease, am I more susceptible to getting endocarditis?

I have a history of congenital heart disease, am I more susceptible to getting endocarditis?

Depends on defect: Some types of congenital heart disease increase one's risk for infectious endocarditis more than other types. Congenital heart defects that raise the risk for endocarditis include: bicuspid aortic valve, patent ductus arteriosus, ventricular septal defect, coarctation of the aorta, and tetralogy of Fallot. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a parent having congenital heart disease and? Passing it onto their children?

What are the chances of a parent having congenital heart disease and? Passing it onto their children?

Varies: Most CHD is polygenicm meaning it travels on multiple genes/chromosomes. Their offspring have about 4% risk of any (not just the same) CHD. If the other parent has any form of CHD it jumps to about 10%. There are some forms of CHD that are associated with gene based dominant or recessive syndromes. For these it depends on the syndrome. A geneticist can provide a better number with more history/data. ...Read more

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My friend have congenital heart disease and is pregnant right now. How many percent of chances can she survive?

My friend have congenital heart disease and is pregnant right now. How many percent of chances can she survive?

Delends: Pregnancy may have little if any effect on some patients with congenital heart disease whereas it may be very dangerous or or even life-threatening in others. It depends a lot on the type of congenital defect and its effects on the expecting mother. ...Read more

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Is congenital heart disease correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

No: I think this is a definition issue. Congenital means "from birth", and most congenital issues are caught nearer to birth, especially major ones that either cause blue lips and gums, or failure to grow properly. Sometimes an issue like a small hole between chambers of the heart goes undetected, and is found later on a cardiac work up for other reasons. But issues like that start from birth. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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 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

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