What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

?????? The most common cause is that we have no direct cause for congenital heart defects. They can be associated with certain genetic conditions such as down's syndrome. I also think in my distant memory that there are some that can be drug/chemically induced.
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.

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Which antibiotic causes congenital heart disease?

Usually none. Most antibiotics do not cause birth defects and there is no known association with antibiotics and congenital heart disease, specifically. However, taking any medicine during pregnancy should probably be avoided if you can. We don't know everything about everything.
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.

How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

Flow demands. The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta without going through the lungs. Mom also does the work of providing nutrients, removing waste & keeping temperature stable. After birth, the heart must pump thru the lungs & do more work. The additional load can lead the heart to fail.

Can congenital heart disease and impending heart attacks cause excessive sweating, esp. On the forehead?

Heart attack. Excessive sweating is a catecholamine response to stress, .
Adrenaline. Anytime the heart is not functioning normally, the body can react by having excessive responses from the nervous and endocrine systems. As a result, faster heart rates, changes in blood pressure and sweating can occur, common to the classic fight-or-flight response. Excessive sweating for no apparent reason can be a red flag to warn about a heart attack even before any chest pain.

What does congenital heart disease mean?

Born with it. Congenital heart disease is a general term given to people who are born with a heart problem (s). Around 25% of the people with congenital heart disease are considered critical and require surgery or catheter intervention within the first year of life.
Risk for babies. Many young women who had congenital heart disease (heart defect at birth) are having babies themselves now. A couple with a history of any type of congenital heart abnormality should ask for consultation with and fetal echo ultrasound study by mfm (maternal-fetal) or pediatric cardiology subspecialist. The fetus has an increased chance for heart defect which can differ from another in the family.
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.

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.

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.

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.
Inherited problem. A inherited problem, in addition to the heart murmur, children suffering from those diseases often occur difficult to feed, by weight, shortness of breath and difficulty purple face of the symptoms.
Varies. Babies can be born with a number of heart anomalies, possibly as part of syndrome or prematurity. They can be holes in the heart, abnormalities of the large vesels coming off heart, failure of part of the heart to develop, coronary artery problems, and more. A pediatric cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon will evaluate specifics. Anesthesia for these procedures is very specialized.

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.
Congenital heart. Not always, it varies from no symptoms to reason for dying with significant symptoms in first days of life, depends on type of defect.

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.