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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

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

What's more accurate a cardiac MRI or an mdct. ...Specifically for adult congenital heart disease? What's 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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Confused by terms: what is chd, coronary or congestive or congenital heart disease or defect?

Confused by terms: what is chd, coronary or congestive or congenital heart disease or defect?

Confusing: Adults cardiologists often use the 3-letter acronym, chd, for coronary heart disease. Pediatric cardiologists use the same for congenital heart disease. Answer depends on who is using it usually. Always ask physicians to speak in words, not letters. They should. ...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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Help please! Is congenital heart disease a disease that is associated with aging?

Help please! Is congenital heart disease a disease that is associated with aging?

No.: Just the opposite; congential heart disease encompasses heart malformations that are present at birth. ...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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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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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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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?

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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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

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


Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more