How do integrative doctors treat congenital heart disease?

Comprehensive care. Congenital heart disease should be cared for in hospitals with a dedicated team of highly trained specialists, including pediatric cardiologists, congenital heart surgeons, intensive care physicians/ neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social work, physical and speech therapists, family support team, and other medical consultants to provide integrated care.

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Is having congenital heart disease something to worry about? My wife is upset since my son's doctor visit.

Congenital heart. There are many different congenital heart problems many of which require no intervention and some which the patient may grow out of. Some if they are serious enough can require surgery to repair. Ask your pediatric cardiologist which one it is>.
Time for conference. If your wife left the visit confused about the lable of chd it was likely poorly explained or mom was unable to process the info at the time & ask important questions. A good phone conversation or consutation visit should get everybody on track. Chd can be minor & have no impact on one's life or require major surgery. Most of the later are evident at birth so theres a good chance this is less so.

If my partner (man) has congenital heart disease with the vessel, is there any way to get pregnant with help of genetic doctor to have a healthy baby?

Genetics of heart. Many male patients with congenital heart disease have fathered healthy children. Depending on the father's disorder there may or may not be a somewhat increased chance of transmitting a genetic condition. This could be addressed by a cardiovascular genetic medical doctor. More details would be needed to give you a specific answer.

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.

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.

If I had a? Congenital heart disease will my kids have it too?

Very unlikely. In some conditions, having a parent with congenital heart disease raises the relative risk that their child may have congenital heart disease. Even with this increased risk, the chances of having a specific child affected are probably only around 1%. You should speak with your cardiologist or a geneticist to get a closer approximation of your risk.
Slightly increased. Dependent upon your diagnosis, the chance of your children having chd increase from around 1% to anywhere from 2-4%. If you have a genetic disorder the chances can significantly increase.

What is the definition or description of: Congenital heart disease?

Congenital Heart. Congenital heart disease includes heart problems/abnormalities present at birth. This can include septal defects (holes), abnormality of heart valves and rhythm disturbances occurring at birth.

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.
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.

Which health care professionals? Deal with congenital heart disease?

Pedi Cardiologist. Pediatric cardiologist and pediatric cardio-thoracic surgeons. An entire pediatric team is usualy set in place to care for all aspects of care.
Congenital heart specialists. As a infant/child/teenager, patients with congenital heart are typcially cared for by pediatric cardiologists/cardiovascualrr surgeons. A new field of adult congenital heart is evolving in which internal medicine congenital heart cardiologists who have specialized training in congenital heart disease care for patients over 21 years of age.

In what way are cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease similar?

Limited similarity. Cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease are similar in that both are heart diseases. There are many types of cardiomyopathy and there are dozens of forms of congenital heart disease. Cardiomyopathy is heart muscle disease, due either to a molecular problem in the heart or to secondary damage from another disease. Congenital heart disease is a problem of heart development, present at birth.