You should always be very careful about getting sick. One disease in particular that you should be careful of is infective endocarditis, a bacterial infection of the heart. Since your heart has already been weakened by your congenital heart defect, you can succumb more easily to infection. In addition, any disease that has the potential to damage your heart can possibly be more serious, as your heart is already damaged.
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How do other illnesses affect congenital heart disease?
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How long do repairs to congenital heart disease defects last?
Scripps Health answeredWhile many adolescent and adult patients with repaired heart defects caused by congenital heart disease can and do live rather normal lives, a significant number of these repairs may not last forever. Beginning about 10 years after these patients have their defects fixed, their risk for serious heart-related problems starts to increase.
How do medications treat heart birth defects?
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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