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.
James R Crandell, MD
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Is there a cure for congenital heart disease?
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What is coronary artery disease (CAD)?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredCoronary artery disease, or CAD, refers to build up of a fatty material called plaque, which can slow, or block the flow of blood in the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply blood containing oxygen and nutrients to the heart). Learn more about coronary artery disease by watching this animation.
What is sudden heart failure?
Sudden heart failure is an emergency medical situation and requires immediate care. Sudden heart failure causes rapid fluid buildup, or congestion, in the lungs and other parts of the body. It occurs when the heart does not pump as much blood as the body needs. Symptoms develop suddenly and include:
- Severe shortness of breath.
- An irregular or rapid heartbeat.
- Coughing up foamy, pink mucus.
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