Depending on the heart defect and its treatment, different individuals will have different reactions to other illnesses. In general, infections can be a serious and persistent issue for someone born with any heart birth defect. Some people will have to take an antibiotic any time they need surgery or procedures done in order to prevent infection. In addition, women who were born with a serious heart defect may need closer monitoring during pregnancy.
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How does my attitude affect my heart health?
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What are the symptoms of heart valve disease (valvular heart disease)?
Some people who have valvular heart disease do not show symptoms. There are varying degrees of valvular disease, and not all cause problems right away. Because valvular heart disease can cause the heart to work harder, enlarge, and ultimately lead to congestive heart failure, symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, fainting, chest pain, and ankle swelling may appear as the disease progresses. You may also experience arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeat patterns; your heart may feel like it is racing or skips beats on occasion.
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