Depending on the heart defect and its treatment, different individuals will have different reactions to other illnesses. In general, infections can be a serious and persistent issue for someone born with any heart birth defect. Some people will have to take an antibiotic any time they need surgery or procedures done in order to prevent infection. In addition, women who were born with a serious heart defect may need closer monitoring during pregnancy.
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- How do other illnesses affect heart birth defects?
What is fibrosis?
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Healthy hearts expand and contract like a rubber band. When the heart tissue stiffens up, the heart does not pump blood like it should, which is called fibrosis. A study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine included 800 adults. It found that people who are depressed are more likely to suffer from fibrosis.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How are heart birth defects diagnosed?
Heart birth defects can be diagnosed by a variety of tests. If a defect is suspected in an unborn baby, the doctor can do a fetal echocardiogram, or an ultrasound in the womb. After birth, a regular echocardiogram may be used. In addition, an electrocardiogram, which tests heart activity, may be used. Chest x-rays can show if there are issues with the heart, while pulse oximetry tests can tell if there is not enough oxygen in the blood. Lastly, a doctor may use a catheter to the heart to complete additional testing.
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