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Is being born with the heart on the right side of the body harmful in any medically or unusual way?
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Dr. Lars Erickson
Pediatrics - Cardiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: It depends...
By itself, having the heart on the right side (dextrocardia) is not harmful.
However, about 30-40% of individuals with dextrocardia also have other heart problems, some of which can be dangerous if not treated properly. In addition, a fraction of people with dextrocardia also have have a condition called kartagener's syndrome, which can cause lung disease, sinusitis and infertility in men.

In brief: It depends...
By itself, having the heart on the right side (dextrocardia) is not harmful.
However, about 30-40% of individuals with dextrocardia also have other heart problems, some of which can be dangerous if not treated properly. In addition, a fraction of people with dextrocardia also have have a condition called kartagener's syndrome, which can cause lung disease, sinusitis and infertility in men.
Dr. Lars Erickson
Dr. Lars Erickson
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It can be
There is a rare condition known as situs inversus where all of the internal organs are reversed as in a mirror image, but everything works normally.
An isolated right sided heart when tbhe other organs are normally positioned is frequently associated with congenital heart defects.

In brief: It can be
There is a rare condition known as situs inversus where all of the internal organs are reversed as in a mirror image, but everything works normally.
An isolated right sided heart when tbhe other organs are normally positioned is frequently associated with congenital heart defects.
Dr. William Scott
Dr. William Scott
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