Can a congenital heart defect lead to disability requiring a wheelchair?

Sure. Congenital heart defects are associated with significant brain injury both before and after corrective surgery, therefore cerebral palsy or more mild neurodevelopmental defects can occur that would limit one's ability to ambulate or function independently.

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Can a congenital heart defect lead to someone being in a wheelchair forver?

No. Although occasionally someone with a congenital heart defect is confined to a wheelchair, it rarely has anything to do with their heart defect.

Can a congenital heart defect lead to someone being wheelchair bound for some reason?

Sure. Congenital heart defects are associated with significant brain injury both before and after corrective surgery, therefore cerebral palsy or more mild neurodevelopmental defects can occur that would limit one's ability to ambulate or function independently.

Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?

Growth changes. In you or in an infant? Some heart defects contribute to failure to thrive in an infant and small child. Congestive heart failure in an adult can lead to edema (swelling) that will cause weight gain, abdominal enlargement and ankle swelling. What sort of growth changes are you asking about?
They can/some don't. Congenital heart defects include a number of conditions that vary greatly in their impact on final growth. The more severe the defect, the more likely it will require multiple surgeries and impair the bodies strength & growth. The cyanotic or blue baby group of defects are more likely to do this. Some defects, like the common small VSD self correct & seldom if ever alter the patients life.

What sort of disease is a congenital heart defect?

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.

What are the symptoms of a congenital heart defect?

They vary widely. A congenital heart defect may be so mild that there are no symptoms during an individual's lifetime. At the other end of the spectrum, there may be severe distress at the time of birth. There are many different types of congenital heart defects and levels of severity such that a description of common symptoms is usually related to a specific defect.
Lots of symptoms. Can be related to chd. Rhythm problems, dizziness, fainting, water accumulation in legs or torso, difficulty breathing, nightly cough, weakness..... And lots more.

How can I help my sister who has a congenital heart defect?

Support her. I am not sure what type of defect she has, but minor congenital defects such as "holes in heart" (atrial or venticular septal defects) may not cause much problem at all. More major defect will require care from a specialist --heart doc/surgeon/ and primary care physician as a team. Be there for her, help her live her life the best she can. Say that you love her! Good luck to you both.

How frequently does a congenital heart defect go undiagnosed?

Hard question. This depends on who is evaluating. It is highly unusual for an important congenital heart defect to be missed by a pediatric cardiologist. A major diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of congenital heart disease is a careful, focused physical examination. Echocardiography under the direction of a pediatric cardiologist is an important, reliable tool to confirm the diagnosis and establish details.

Could my baby have a congenital heart defect and nobody know about it?

Yes. ASD in particular is very hard to detect on exam.
Yes. Most severe defects will be found quickly. Some of my patients were diagnosed between 6 months and 3 years old. A few defects such as ASD (atrial septal defect) may not be diagnosed until adulthood.
Define defect. The complexity of how the heart forms gives rise to many possible errors, defects. The worst are diagnosed within hours of birth. Some significant ones (VSD, ASD, AS) are usually picked up on exam in the first weeks. Some are normal structures that may malfunction. (PDA) Rare re-routing of heart blood supply can be undetected. A PFO is a normal incidental finding on an autopsy in most people.

How likely is it for a child to be born with a congenital heart defect?

0.8% Overall the incidence of congenital heart disease is about 8 per 1000 live births. The risk is higher when one of the parents has a congenital heart defect. The risk also increases for subsequent children once a couple has had a child with heart disease. It is also higher in association with certain exposures and syndromes.
About 1 out of 100. Heart defects are the most common birth defect. Just under 1% of people are born with a congenital heart defect (a little less than 1/100). This includes very minor things and very severe defects. Some people are at higher risk, especially if there is a family history of heart defects, or if there are associated genetic syndromes. If you have concern for your child, ask your pediatrician.