Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital Heart Disease in Morristown, NJ
Congenital heart disease refers to structural defects in the heart that occur before birth. This heart defect occurs in about 1 out of every 100 children and may or not cause symptoms at birth.
What causes congenital heart disease?
Most of the time, the cause of congenital heart disease is idiopathic (unknown). However, there are some factors that can increase the risk of developing congenital heart disease including genetic abnormalities (e.g. Down syndrome), viral infections during first trimester of pregnancy, as well as taking certain medications or abusing drugs while pregnant. Also, if there is a history of congenital heart disease in either a parent or sibling, then the child’s chance of developing this condition will double.
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What are the symptoms of congenital heart disease?
It is possible for some people to have congenital heart disease and never experience any symptoms. You may experience shortness of breath or find it difficult to participate in physical activity without feeling overexerted or exhausted rather quickly.
How is congenital heart disease diagnosed?
We will most likely be able to detect that you have congenital heart disease if we hear abnormal activity, like a heart murmur, that alerts us to the fact that there may be a heart defect present. Based on the type of murmur present we may recommend additional diagnostic testing, which can include an X-ray, ECG, echocardiogram or MRI.
What treatments are available for congenital heart disease?
The type of treatment plan we create for you will depend on the severity of your condition. Some mild cases may not even require treatment, while others can simply treat their condition and its symptoms with medications.
However, it’s highly recommended that you continue to see us at least once a year for continuous monitoring of your condition. This will ensure that your condition doesn’t get worse or will help us decide whether we need to recommend more aggressive treatments like surgery.
If you are noticing new heart symptoms or worried that you or your child may have congenital heart disease, then contact our Morristown office today at (973) 889-9001.