When a child is born with a CHD their heart can be abnormally structured, have large or narrow vessels, have missing parts, holes between chambers or leaky valves. It is hard to determine exactly what causes congenital heart disease. Many CHD’s cause no trouble at all and other more serious conditions may require immediate surgery.
According to the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting 8 out of every 1,000 newborns. Most congenital heart diseases can be detected before your baby is born using state-of-the-art ultrasound or fetal echocardiogram.
Some defects cannot be detected until after birth when your doctor gets to listen to the heart. Most CDH’s are detected by a slight heart murmur or irregular heartbeat. A series of diagnostic tests are usually required to determine the severity of the heart defect.
There are thousands of adults living with congenital heart disease. If you have been diagnosed with a CHD, it is important you see a preventive cardiologist regularly to help you manage your condition throughout your life to make sure it does not worsen over time.
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