Other than congenital heart defects, which are present at birth, adults develop most heart abnormalities. Coronary artery disease, for example, along with its complications (heart failure, heart attack, arrhythmias) develops over many years. Congenital heart defects, such as a hole in the heart or a heart valve disorder, are often found and treated at birth, but your child will have to monitor and perhaps treat the condition for their entire life.
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What is kidney disease?
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Kidney disease is a disorder that decreases the ability of your two kidneys to do their job: to clean and maintain the chemical balance of the blood. Kidney disease can cause serious health problems if it decreases a person's kidney function significantly. There are more than 30 different types of kidney disease.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How does coronary heart disease affect the body?
Coronary heart disease is the hardening of arteries from plaque build-up. The hardened arteries restrict blood flow, so your heart cannot receive enough oxygenated blood, especially when it beats quickly during physical exertion or stress. This can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. If an artery becomes completely blocked, a heart attack may occur. Lack of oxygen to your heart during a heart attack causes irreversible damage as the heart muscle dies and is replaced with scar tissue. If damage is severe, the heart may be unable to pump enough blood through the body, a condition called heart failure. Life-threatening irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias can also occur.
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