A heart abnormality is any medical problem with the heart. This is a wide category of disorders, including coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, heart aneurysms, heart dissections, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, heart tumors, heart valve disorders, infective endocarditis, and pericardial disease. Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States, with coronary artery disease being the most common heart abnormality.
Michael E. Stachecki, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
- internal medicine
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- Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
- Genesys Regional Medical Center
- St Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital
What are heart abnormalities?
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What heart conditions can cause chest pain in children?
While chest pain in children is common, finding that it is related to a heart condition is not. More than 95 percent of children who have chest pain are not diagnosed with heart problems.
However, in rare cases, children with chest pain may be diagnosed either with a heart condition that has been present since birth (called a congenital heart defect) or with acquired heart disease (through, for example, an infection).
Cardiac causes of chest pain in children may include the following:
- Abnormal coronary artery anatomy: In this condition branches of the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart) arise and travel abnormally from a bigger blood vessel.
- Pericarditis: The pericardium (the sac surrounding the heart) is inflamed and there may be fluid buildup around the heart (pericardial effusion).
- Myocarditis: The heart muscle itself is inflamed.
- Kawasaki disease: The coronary arteries become inflamed and aneurysms (weak portions in the artery wall) may form.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: The heart muscle becomes abnormally thickened.
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Connective tissue disorders, such as Marfan syndrome
How will an implantable cardioverter defibrillator affect my lifestyle?
Visit your doctor regularly.
- Talk to your doctor about your activities.
- Stay away from magnets and strong electrical fields.
- At the airport, tell the guards not to use hand-held metal detectors on you.
- Tell your other doctors and your dentist that you have an implanted defibrillator.
- If you go to a hospital, tell the doctors and nurses that you have one.
- Carry an ID card so others know that you have a defibrillator.Ask your doctor to list what types of machines or equipment you should avoid and what you can and cannot do when you have an implanted defibrillator.
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