Medications can help treat mild heart birth defects by helping improve heart pumping and function. In some cases, this can decrease the impact of the heart defect. Antibiotics are also common medications used in people with heart birth defects. Though they do not treat the defect, they help to prevent bacterial infections that can be deadly, as the birth defect makes them more susceptible to infection.
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How do medications treat heart birth defects?
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What are the symptoms of anomalous coronary arteries and fistulas?
Sometimes children are born with an abnormal placement of the arteries that supply the heart with blood (the coronary arteries). Additionally, abnormal branches from the coronary arteries, or fistulas, may be present.
Many children with this type of congenital (present at birth) heart disease will not have any symptoms. Some will have symptoms like chest pain, arrhythmias, or passing out (syncope) with exercise. In rare circumstances, the abnormality can result in sudden death.Infants with a condition called anomalous left coronary artery arising from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) may become sick with difficulty feeding and increased work of breathing within the first few months of life due to progressive deterioration of heart function. This requires a surgery to remove the coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (the artery leading from the heart to the lung) and to reattach the vessel back to the aorta (the main blood vessel leading from the heart to the body). Because there is usually some damage to the heart caused by the reduced blood flow to the heart, the squeezing function of the heart may be reduced. The function of some of the valves letting blood into the heart may be affected, resulting in significant leakage of the valve. Even after reattaching the anomalous coronary artery back to the heart, the squeezing function of the heart and valve function may not recover, resulting in a cardiomyopathy.
Is a family doctor an expert in heart health?
Family doctors are experts in general medicine, a broad specialty that includes issues related to the heart. Your family doctor can give you guidelines for keeping your heart healthy by eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, stress reduction and other strategies.
Monitoring your cholesterol levels and blood pressure and ordering blood tests when appropriate are other ways your family doctor can help you keep your heart healthy.
Your family doctor may also be able to diagnose a heart problem should one arise and refer you to a specialist, such as a cardiologist, if necessary. Family doctors and specialists often work together to meet all of their patients' healthcare needs.
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