Congenital heart disease varies widely in severity. Some babies have only mild heart defects that have no symptoms, while other babies do not live past their first few days. The treatment of congenital heart disease has improved greatly in past years - whereas many children used to die of the condition, most are now living into adulthood. However, regardless of symptom severity, it is important to monitor your congenital heart disease so that you do not have any complications later on.
Andrew T. Ho, MD
Location and Office HoursRiverside Cardiology Associates
Riverside, CA 92501
- Anthem Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Health Net
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- United Healthcare, California
- Inland Valley Medical Center
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, East Campus
- Riverside Community Hospital
Is congenital heart disease serious?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
What are some heart healthy tips?
With the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD), hypertension (HTN), congestive heart failure (CHF) and other cardiac disorders and medical diagnosis, there are many disease specific instructions that you may get from your doctor. Some basic heart healthy instructions may include:
- monitoring sodium intake (may cause swelling (edema)) HINT: may need to rinse vegetables from can before cooking & read food labels
- monitoring fluid intake (especially with CHF) HINT: 6 to 8 cups recommended daily otherwise to avoid dehydration
- at least 30 minutes aerobic exercise at least three times a week (unless contraindicated)
- opt to consume baked foods over fried foods at times to decrease cholesterol intake and decrease chance of atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries)
- Keep doctor appointments and take medication as prescribed!
What medical procedures test heart function?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredProcedures that may be used to assess the heart include resting and exercise electrocardiogram (ECG), Holter monitor, signal-averaged ECG, cardiac catheterization, chest x-ray, computed tomography (CT scan) of the chest, echocardiography, electrophysiology studies, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart, myocardial perfusion scans, radionuclide angiography, and ultrafast CT scan.
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