Heart birth defects can often stunt growth. Children will often develop later and more slowly. Developmental milestones, such as walking and talking, may be delayed. Children with heart birth defects may need surgery, lifelong medications, or at the very least an awareness of their heart defect to avoid future complications down the line.
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How do heart birth defects affect the body?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
How is congenital heart disease managed?
SecondsCount.org answeredNot all congenital heart disease requires treatment. For those defects that do need to be treated, options for treatment generally consist of some combination of the following:
- Medical therapy (medications)
- Interventional procedures (use of thin, flexible tubes called catheters to make repairs to the heart and blood vessels)
What is heart valve disease (valvular heart disease)?
Allan Stewart, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
Valvular disease is a general term for problems with any one of the four heart valves. The problem may be congenital, infectious (rheumatic heart disease, endocarditis), or acquired (aortic stenosis, mitral valve prolapse). In heart valve disease, problems arise when a valve fails to close properly (regurgitation) or open properly (stenosis). In either case, the heart has to work harder to pump enough blood to the body, eventually leading to heart muscle damage. Congestive heart failure, syncope (fainting), and arrhythmias are common signs of valvular disease.
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