Can there be a bright future for children born with heart defects such as congenital heart disease?

Yes. Treatment options exist for almost every congenital heart defect, particularly if the child is otherwise healthy. Milder forms will require no special care. More severe forms will require surgical repair, or even multiple surgeries. Even children born with only two out of four cardiac chambers have a increasingly favorable likelihood of growing to adulthood.

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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...

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

Low. If parent has chd, chance of child is less than 2%. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
Prenatal diagnosis. Allows parents time to process information about the specific chd & what will happen at delivery. Parents grieve for the loss of the healthy baby they expected, but they often go through the stages of grief at different rates, & may revert to an earlier stage of grief. They also have to re-organize family life around their child's needs. Therapists, clergy, & prenatal counselors can help. Read more...

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...
DVT precautions. If your heart disease causes a problem with circulation in your legs, then you might want to consider wearing compression stockings to help prevent getting a deep vein thrombosis or a blood clot in your legs that can break off and cause real problems. This is definitely something to chat with your doctor about. Read more...

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...