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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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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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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 definition of heart disease that is not congenital?

What is the definition of heart disease that is not congenital?

Heart disease: Is a nonspecific term that refers to conditions which impair the heart's ability to function. They include rhythm disturbances, structural disturbances, infectious disturbances, inflammatory disturbances, malignant processes, toxic processes and others....... ...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?

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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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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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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What would the life expectancy of someone with congenital heart disease be?

What would the life expectancy of someone with congenital heart disease be?

Hard to answer: There are many different typesof congenital heart disease. Each type cannot be directly compared to others because the answer will be different. Many people, with a majority of the defects that we see today, will live a full and normal life. Thre are more people alive today in the us with chd over 18 than under. ...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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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

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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 causes of congenital heart disease?

Multiple: Congenital heart defects are a collection of issues that could be devastating early or of almost no consequence even in the long. As there are a variety of maladies, the causes are multiple as well. Environmental factors, genetic abnormalities in either of the parents and a combination of these factors lead to congenital heart defects. ...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 sort of disease is congenital heart disease?

What sort of disease is congenital heart disease?

Born with it: It is a heart defect you are born with. It may be simple, moderate, or very serious. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed or absent chambers, valves, or blood vessels. Just under 1 % of all babies are born with some type of defect, often minor and temporary. They are usually diagnosed shortly after birth, occasionally much later. ...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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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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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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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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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 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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How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into?

How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into?

As any Baby..: Any new born baby brings joy and stress to their new parents and family.
You do not mention what type of congenital heart disease, as they vary in severity from very mild to very severe. The level of care an impact to the family dynamics will be affected depending on this.
Surround yourself with a good base of support and a medical team to care for the medical aspect.
Best of luck to you. ...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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How does a baby with congenital heart disease affect the family its born in too?

How does a baby with congenital heart disease affect the family its born in too?

Depends: Some problems are relatively simple to fix and after repair will be just fine and require little additional concern. More severe conditions may require multiple surgical procedures and require the allocation of major financial and emotional resources with expected increased stress levels. And some children will never be ok or will die. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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What to do if I have congenital heart disease, diagnosed when I was a baby now im16 I want to know what will happen?

What to do if I have congenital heart disease, diagnosed when I was a baby now im16 I want to know what will happen?

Hard to say: CHD encompasess a number of disorders with a varied impact on the individual. Some self correct and never result in an adult problem, while others mar require a heart transplant for survival. If you do not provide enough background data to the site, answers must remain non-specific. ...Read more

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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