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
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How many children with heart defects survive to be adults?
What causes congenital heart disease?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Congenital heart disease, or congenital heart defect, is a problem with your heart that is already there when you are born. Scientists are not sure of the actual cause, but they believe that a number of factors can contribute to its development:
- Genetics. Often if one child has congenital heart disease, their siblings will have it as well.
- Other medical conditions. If you have had rubella (German measles) or diabetes during pregnancy, your baby may be at risk for congenital heart diseases.
- Smoking during pregnancy.
- Certain medications.
Scientists continue to study congenital heart disease in the hopes that they will one day find the cause.
What treatments are used for a damaged aortic valve?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredA damaged aortic valve, one of four valves in the heart, usually has to be replaced rather than repaired. Watch this video to learn more.
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