Robert C. Bianco, MD
- interventional cardiology
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Palm Coast, FL 32137
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What are congenital heart defects (CHD)?
Piedmont Heart Institute answeredCongenital heart disease, or congenital heart defect, is a problem with your heart that is already there when you are born. These defects alter the way blood flows through the heart, making your heart not as good at pumping blood to your body. Congenital heart disease can involve structural deformities in the walls of the heart, blood vessels, or valves of the heart, which regulate blood flow between the parts of the heart. If your newborn has congenital heart disease, they may have no symptoms or they may require surgery at birth, depending on the specific problem with their heart. The good news is that more and more children with congenital heart disease are growing up to lead completely normal lives.
How does the heart get oxygen and nutrients?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredThe heart is basically a pump. The heart is made up of specialized muscle tissue, called the myocardium. The heart's primary function is to pump blood throughout the body, so that the body's tissues can receive oxygen and nutrients and have waste substances taken away.
Like any pump, the heart requires fuel in order to work. The myocardium requires oxygen and nutrients, just like any other tissue in the body. However, the blood that passes through the heart's chambers is only passing through on its trip through the body -- this blood does not give oxygen and nutrients to the myocardium. The myocardium receives its oxygen and nutrients from the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries lie on the outside of the heart and supply oxygenated blood to the heart tissue.
Why are some children born with congenital heart defects?
Emile Bacha, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
Many parents feel responsible after finding out their child has a heart defect. In this video, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Emile Bacha explains why moms and dads aren't to blame for congenital heart defects.
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