Heart birth defects are problems with the heart that are present at birth. Also known as congenital heart defects, they range from minor to life-threatening. Serious defects may include a complex defect that requires years of surgeries. In mild cases, however, a baby may be born with a tiny hole in the heart that closes up naturally.
James R. Crandell, MD
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What are heart birth defects?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
What is a coronary fistula?
Coronary fistulas are abnormal branches from the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart with blood) that bypass the circulation through the heart muscle and instead passes directly back to one of the heart chambers or pulmonary artery. These fistulas are sometimes found incidentally if a baby or child receives an echocardiogram for another reason. Sometimes, there is enough blood flow through a fistula to create a heart murmur. Some coronary fistulas do not require treatment and may become smaller over time. Others may require catheter-based or surgical treatment.
What happens when heart failure starts in the right side of your heart?
Penn Medicine answered
When the heart is pumping well, blood goes from the veins to the right side of your heart and is pumped to your lungs for more oxygen. Then the blood goes to the left side of your heart and is pumped out through the main artery (aorta) to your body. If your heart failure is due to pumping weakness, it may start in the right or left side of your heart, but soon both left and right chambers are strained.
When the right side of your heart has a pumping problem, blood backs up in your veins. You may not notice it, since veins can stretch and hold the extra blood. Days or maybe weeks later, you may notice that your legs and ankles are swollen. You may also feel sore or swollen in the upper right side of your belly. You may also feel tired and not want to eat.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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