I recently read that you can have congenital heart disease and not know it. Why aren't all people screened for this?

Population screening. While congenital heart disease is the most common birth abnormality, the absolute number of people born with congenital heart disease is small compared to whole population. Therefore to screen the whole population in the absence of symptoms does not make sense to find few potential patients. If one is not feeling well, or has complaints, then congenital heart disease may be considered. .
They are. Very bad CHD will present with life threatening symptoms in early infancy if not immediately after delivery. Some defects like the patent foramen ovale are considered variants of normal & are an incidental finding on an autopsy. The normal process of exam & follow up will find most. It would not be sane to do heart catheterizations on everyone to find a few with minor defects.

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My friend have congenital heart disease and is pregnant right now. How many percent of chances can she survive?

Delends. Pregnancy may have little if any effect on some patients with congenital heart disease whereas it may be very dangerous or or even life-threatening in others. It depends a lot on the type of congenital defect and its effects on the expecting mother. Read more...
More detail needed. More detail is needed. The spectrum of congenital heart disease is broad. Many types of congenital heart disease will have no effect on either the mother's or the baby's health in pregnancy. Other forms of congenital heart disease can severely affect both the mother's health or the baby's health during pregnancy. Read more...

Could my unborn baby have congenital heart disease?

Maybe. Although many congenital heart defects, including most of the serious ones , are seen on prenatal ultrasound. Read more...
It is unlikely. Congenital heart disease is uncommon. A family history of congenital heart disease increases the risk. Most heart defects can be detected by an ultrasound performed early in pregnancy. Read more...

Is there any relation between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Congenital. Some congenital syndromes have both heart anomalies and facial anomalies as parts of the syndrome. Read more...
Yes. A rare condition involving the underdevelopment or absence of one of the muscles that control the movements of the lower lip can be associated with congenital heart disease such as vsd, ASD and tof. The abnormality of the mouth muscle may present in early infancy with deviation of the mouth to one side when crying or smiling. Read more...

How do I explain to my daughter what it means to have congenital heart disease?

Depends... ...On what the disease is. Some are devastating, some are surgically correctable, and some get better without treatment and have no effect on longevity or health. Read more...
How old is she? Kids will process ideas if presented in a developmentaly appropriate format. Small kids believe in the tooth fairy & explanations should be short, focused & evident. A simple"you were born with a weak heart " should do early on, repeated as needed.(they don't take notes) after 7-8 when they let go of the tooth fairy they can process more, by the late teens they can get a full explanation. Read more...

Is there some connection between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

In infants. Asymetric crying facies in infants have been found due a problem ith facial muscles and there does seem to be an association with congenital heart defects in rare case reports. Read more...
Possibly. Congenital heart disease may be associated with other syndromes that can affect facial features. Your pediatric cardiologist should be able to provide more information. Read more...

Please tell me whether there is any relation between congenital heart disease and facial asymmetry?

Possibly. There are some syndromes that have Oral-Facial growth problems associated with congenital heart problems. You should seek a diagnosis from an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon or Cardiologist. Read more...

What to do if I have congenital heart disease, diagnosed when I was a baby now im16 I want to know what will happen?

Hard to say. CHD encompasess a number of disorders with a varied impact on the individual.Some self correct and never result in an adult problem, while others mar require a heart transplant for survival.If you do not provide enough background data to the site, answers must remain non-specific. 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...

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

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. Read more...