You should always be very careful about getting sick. One disease in particular that you should be careful of is infective endocarditis, a bacterial infection of the heart. Since your heart has already been weakened by your congenital heart defect, you can succumb more easily to infection. In addition, any disease that has the potential to damage your heart can possibly be more serious, as your heart is already damaged.
Christine Bussey, MD
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How do other illnesses affect congenital heart disease?
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Does congenital heart disease affect children differently than adults?
Congenital heart disease does not affect children differently than adults. The only main differences are:
- The symptoms may present in different ways. Symptoms like slowed growth are more evident in children, as they should be growing rather quickly.
- Older adults may have more symptoms, as their heart has been further weakened from years of use.
What are some heart healthy tips?
In order to keep your heart healthy, you should exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and maintain a normal blood pressure. If you have a strong family history of heart disease, visit your doctor to discuss further testing such as cholesterol levels and blood glucose.
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