There are no recommended alternative treatments for heart birth defects. Some minor defects may correct themselves or not require treatment. However, the vast majority will need treatment as well as lifelong monitoring.
Edwin Yih-Jen. Kok, MD
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- Are there alternative treatments for heart birth defects?
Do children grow out of heart abnormalities?
Children with significant heart abnormalities typically will not outgrow their heart conditions. However, some children are born with conditions that may improve or even resolve with time. These include some
- atrial septal defects (holes in the wall between the upper heart chambers)
- ventricular septal defects (holes in the wall between the lower heart chambers), particularly in the thicker muscular part of the wall
- persistent patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
Some heart murmurs may be present in infants and young children and are not related to abnormalities of the heart or blood vessels. These are called innocent or functional heart murmurs. These usually go away over time, though some may persist into adulthood. These are the murmurs that some people will say they "outgrew".
Other conditions may improve over time, such as narrowing of some valves and blood vessels. It is important to continue to have regularly scheduled follow up with your child's cardiologist if a significant heart issue has been diagnosed.
How is heart valve disease (valvular heart disease) diagnosed?
When your doctor listens to your heart with a stethoscope, one thing they are checking for is any murmuring or clicking sounds, which can be signs of stenosis or regurgitation. Your doctor will also consider any symptoms you mention. If an irregular sound is heard, your doctor may order further tests. Other kinds of tests include those that provide visual images of your heart and valves (chest MRI, coronary angiography, chest X-rays, and echocardiography) as well as tests that show heartbeat patterns (electrocardiography - EKG or ECG).
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