Congenital heart disease, or congenital heart defect, is a problem with your heart that you are born with. The way to prevent congenital heart diseases is unknown. Smoking and drinking during pregnancy adds to the risk for congenital heart disease. Genetics is another possible cause of congenital heart disease.
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What is an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a device used to monitor heartbeat and heart rhythm. It is placed under the skin and attached to the heart through the veins with small wires. The device emits an electrical pulse if the heart beats with a dangerous rhythm or if the heart stops. The electrical pulse shocks the heart back to a normal rhythm.
Is there a cure for congenital heart disease?
Often, people with congenital heart disease believe that if they had surgery for their condition when they were children, it has been cured. Unfortunately, the condition is not actually cured. Many times, you can have no symptoms for many years, but you will start having symptoms such as shortness of breath, tiredness, and poor circulation again in later life. This is due to the fact that your heart is weaker than normal due to the early damage, so it wears out more quickly. It is important to be treated by a cardiologist whose specialty is congenital heart defects.
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