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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Do heart abnormalities affect children differently than adults?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
How many people die from heart disease each year?
Discovery Health answered
Heart disease kills about a half-million people every year in the United States. It begins with the clogging of the arteries - which is called atherosclerosis.
When there is too much saturated fat and trans fat in the bloodstream, it sticks to the walls, which narrows the passageway that blood must travel through
That narrowing alerts the body that something is wrong, which triggers the immune system to release chemicals to try to fix the problem. That complicates matters, however, because the chemicals make the artery walls even stickier and then more substances get stuck there.
Calcium and proteins in the blood join the fats that are clogging the arteries and the reaction creates a material called plaque.
Who performs endovascular procedures?
SCAI answeredEndovascular procedures are performed by doctors with special training in blood vessel health and in using technologies to treat blood vessels. Among the medical specialists who may treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) with endovascular approaches are interventional cardiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and vascular medicine specialists.
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