When I was in high school, I watched a young freshman track teammate die
from a congenital heart defect. He was a great boy, and unfortunately,
his family and our tightknit community never knew about his condition.
When my sister told me my niece had a heart murmur, I couldn’t believe
it. She seems like such a strong, healthy child. The family did their
best not to worry in between tests and appointments, but it wasn’t easy.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are implanted in the
body when a patient is at increased risk of cardiac death. The ICD
detects heart rhythm and sends a jolt of electricity to the heart when
While animal studies do not always result in direct correlations with
human outcomes, researchers believe chicken heart development may hold
the key to a possible breakthrough in congenital heart defect
CAH or congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a disease caused by gene mutation. The condition affects cortisol, cholesterol and adrenal gland function. All CAH patients have some level of impaired fertility.
According to the registry, if women receive good prenatal care,
counseling on their condition and adequate treatment, heart disease does
not pose a threat to pregnancy outcome.
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is one of the more common congenital
conditions diagnosed in infants. The condition can be treated and the
infant and lead a normal healthy life, but early detection improves
overall outlook and outcome.
Some congenital heart disease conditions are mild enough to be left untreated without reducing lifespan or quality of life, though there are lifestyle changes and health care that must be taken into consideration. If the condition worsens, at any time, further medical treatment may be needed.
When it comes to better understanding a medical condition like congenital heart disease, often the basic fast facts are enough to give you the information you’re looking for. Here are the basic fast facts of congenital heart disease.
If your infant or child is experiencing increased fatigue, blue tinting of the skin or other conditions indicative of decreased or altered blood flow, the pediatrician may suggest testing for a congenital heart defect.
Most obstetricians and heart specialists don't have an explanation exactly why congenital
heart disease occurs, though there are some common causes or risk
factors that may contribute to the likelihood of CHD.
Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is another name for a congenital heart
defect. The word congenital refers to the fact that the patient is born
with the condition.
Thanks to advancements in medical technology and treatment, heart
defects are no longer a reason for reduced lifespan and these children
are growing into healthy adults with all the dreams and aspirations of other adults - including the dream of being a parent.
Being overweight during pregnancy significantly increases pregnancy
complication risk. Smoking during pregnancy also increases pregnancy
According to an annual report by the BINOCAR (British Isles Network of
Congenital Anomaly Registers), birth defects are not being reported as
often as they should be. Currently, about one in 80 births are noted as
having a birth defect of some kind.
HLHS, or Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, is a common form of congenital heart disease. The conditions presents with an underdeveloped left ventricle
When a small section from the middle of Chromosome 22 is missing, DiGeorge Syndrome occurs. The disorder happens in one of 4,000 pregnancies. DiGeorge Syndrome was discovered in 1968 by Angelo DiGeorge.
Tetralogy of Fallot is a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth. Symptoms of the condition include difficulty eating, failure to thrive, no weight gain or weight loss, sudden death or stroke.
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a congenital heart defect where the left side of the heart is underdeveloped. For the first 10 to 11 days after birth, the patent ductus arteriosus, this closes soon after birth.