CHD has no known cure. Many patients have heart surgery to repair their hearts, yet they are not cured.
Heart surgery may have long-term consequences, such as irregular heartbeats.
And in need of regular follow-ups with a Cardiologist.
Congenital Heart Disease is the most prevalent kind of birth defect. Yet, despite significant breakthroughs in screening and diagnosis, the problem can go undetected for a long time until heart damage has advanced to the point that observable symptoms are present.
Congenital cardiac disease ranges in severity. Depending on the kind of heart disease and its severity, most symptoms may not be seen until patients reach adulthood.
Congenital heart defects happen in the first 8 weeks of the baby's development.
This is the most common type of birth defect. A baby's heart starts to develop at conception.
But it is fully formed by 8 weeks into the pregnancy.
Cyanosis refers to a bluish colour of the skin and mucous membranes.
Cyanotic heart disease refers to a group of many different heart defects that are present at birth (congenital).
They result in a low blood oxygen level.
NOT ALL CHILDREN WILL INHERIT CHD!
Congenital heart disease can be caused by a number of hereditary health issues that a newborn inherits from one or both parents.
If one of the parents has CHD, their future child may also be born with CHD.
Through a Fetal Echocardiography test, certain CHD can be detected during pregnancy before the child is even born.
However, some CHDs are not detected until after birth or later in life, during childhood or adulthood.