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.
Coronary. Chd usually stands for coronary heart disease. It is also known as coronary artery disease. It's when one or more arteries that supply the heart with blood are partially or completely blocked by plaque. Since the heart can't get the oxygen it needs, chd often leads to chest pain and heart attack. See http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/cad/ for more info.

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How are coronary and congenital heart disease different?

Totally different. Coronary artery disease signifies the development of obstruction in the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. The usual cause of obstruction is cholesterol build up (plaques). Congenital heart disease usually refers to structural defects of the heart that occur in utero (in the womb) and often times involves heart structures such as valve and vessels (aorta, pulmonary artery). Read more...
Also age. The coronary artery diseases usually occur in later age of life (>50 years) unless familial high cholesterol or other risks (smoking) while congenital heart disease mostly present in the first few years of life (sometimes as early as first month of life) and the treatment for both is different. Read more...
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...

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...
Yes. Congenital heart disease is a cardiac defect present from birth; there are many different variations. Coronary artery disease is stenosis of the arteries of the heart, usually due to arteriosclerosis, although you can rarely have a congenital lesion of a coronary artery- most commonly a coronary comes from the pulmonary artery rather than the aorta- known as an anomalous coronary artery. Read more...

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

CAD is narrow artery. Chd is a structural abnormality of the heart or surrounding structures. Read more...
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...

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

Depends. History, physical, echocardiogram, ekg are the early items. Then guidance by your cardiologist. Both are safe and show anatomy. Read more...
Cardiac mr. Mri not expose the patient to radiation and it is more specific for deliniation of the anatomy as well as the function provided the patient does not have a pacemaker to a defibrillator or iron containing material. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

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

No . Congenital means that it is related to a condition present at birth. Congenital heart disease would be present when you are born. It may worsen with age if untreated. Read more...
No. Just the opposite; congential heart disease encompasses heart malformations that are present at birth. Read more...