As a result of major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, today more than 90 percent of children born with a heart defect survive to adulthood. This represents great progress compared to the 1940s, when only 20 percent of children born with a heart defect lived to age 16. Currently there are more adults than children who are living with heart issues they were born with.
Marc B. Kapner, MD
Location and Office HoursMontefiore Medical Center Congestive Heart Failure Services
Bronx, NY 10467
How many children with heart defects survive to be adults?
What will happen if I don't treat my heart valve disease?
Heart valve disease is not a condition that should be ignored when treatment is recommended. In fact, when a person’s aortic stenosis becomes severe, the average survival rate without surgical intervention is only 50% after two years and only 20% after five years.
Evidence is also clear that with proper treatment, most people enjoy a return to good health and add many years to their life.
What are the risks of cardiac catheterization?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredA cardiac catheterization is a procedure done in the hospital that allows a cardiologist to check out the blood flow within your heart from inside the body. It involves inserting a catheter into the heart through an artery in the leg, arm, or neck.
Although the procedure is invasive, risks are rare. They include damage to blood vessels, bleeding, infection, pain at the site where the catheter is inserted, and an allergic reaction to the dye that is sometimes used in the catheter. Still, the possibility of detecting, evaluating, or even treating a heart defect through catheterization far outweighs the risks.
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