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Six Things about Congenital Heart Disease That You Won’t Hear From Many

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Corrective surgery or not, a congenital heart disease stays with you in one or the other form. Pediatric cardiology puts the number of affected babies at one every hundred. Despite being the most common kind of congenital abnormality, every case of CHD has its individual challenges and rarity.


And yet, despite the muddled complications, the number of CHD-affected infants who grow into adulthood and live healthy and complete lives with the help of corrective treatments has seen a significant rise in between 1985 and 2005.

The thing about being a part of a pediatric cardiology unit as a patient is that often, an important but not obvious fact can slip away. Here are six such facts that many might not have told you.

Every Congenital Heart Defect Is Different

You see, there are over forty known kinds of CHD in babies that carry a one-of-a-kind nature. It is very rare for two patients to have the same kinds of symptoms or treatments. There is always something that makes your condition at one point in time, unique.

The most common structural defect in a CHD case is called pulmonary valve atresia and stenosis, closely followed by tetralogy of Fallot.

More Adults Than Kids Live With Pediatric Cardiology Conditions

You might have had symptoms and a diagnosis the second you took your first couple of breaths. The symptoms might not have shown up until you were a kid, a teenager, an adult even. So, there is a fair possibility that diagnosis happened later in life for you.

Also, thanks to the modern advancements of medicine, the lifespan of any congenital heart disease affected person have increased as well. 

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Is Not A Cure

It’s treatment. You’ll need follow-up, possibly for the rest of your life. There is no fix. When one thing gets settled, another pops up. The trick is to be aware, to have the knowledge to understand your CHD.

It is up to you to make sure that every sign you body gives away, you catch and follow it to the conclusions.

An Adult Heart with a CHD Needs More Physical Activity

For a kid with a heart condition, lots of movement is feared. Only because it might cause the heart more trouble than necessary and that is never good. However, it isn’t correct or generalised.

Most people who were born with a CHD don’t need to limit their physical activity graph. Those who do still need certain exercises to help strengthen the heart muscles.

Also, as you grow from a baby with a congenital heart condition into an adult with a treated but prevalent CHD, exercises become a crucial part of every day.

Having A Congenital Heart Defect Doesn’t Mean You Won’t Get Anything Else

With age, things that happen to older people will happen to you as well. A CHD doesn’t exempt you from other diseases out there, and this can be both surprising and annoying for people.

Even though you practically have to fight with circumstances to wake up every morning, you are just as vulnerable to cancer, or arthritis as anybody else.

It sure isn’t fair, but it is what it is.

A Cardiologist Isn’t Good Enough for You

Unless they’ve had extensive training in congenital heart diseases, they sure aren’t. A CHD-affected heart looks different in imaging tests. The differences can be subtle, the defects well hidden behind the shallow curtains of conventional structures.

It takes a specialist in the matter to understand just what is funky in an imaging result from the perspective of a congenital heart disease. From a pediatric cardiology to an adult one, a general ‘heart doctor’ won’t do. 

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