CareXpress Urgent Care Reports On Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
From February 7th to February 14th, 2017 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, therefore; CareXpress Urgent Care is providing information about heart defects. A defect is not a disease although the words “congenital heart disease” are often used to describe heart ailments. Let us explain a bit more about why defects occur and what you should do if you suspect you or your child has a heart defect.
The word “congenital” means existing at birth and various heart defects are the result of the heart or blood vessels near the heart not developing normally before birth. There are different types of congenital heart defects, treatments, and tests. Some are more difficult to detect than others and may not be diagnosed until much later in childhood or even adulthood.
Our urgent care staff found this list of common types of heart defects which include:
- Aortic Valve Stenosis (AVS)
- Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
- Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA)
- Complete Atrioventricular Canal defect (CAVC)
- d-Transposition of the Great Arteries
- Ebstein’s Anomaly
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- I-Transposition of the Great Arteries
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
- Single Ventricle Defects
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
Severe heart problems can usually be detected during the first few months after birth as some newborns are blue or have very low blood pressure shortly after birth. Other defects cause infants to have trouble breathing, to have problems with feedings, or to have poor weight gain. Minor defects are most often diagnosed on a routine medical check up, but they rarely cause symptoms. While most heart murmurs in children are normal, some may be due to defects.
With something this serious regular visits with a cardiologist is recommended. Usually, cardiologists will take your medical history and perform a physical exam. One such exam would be one that CareXpress Urgent Care provides, which is called an electrocardiogram (also referred to as an EKG) which can often be a source of finding problems with the electrical activity of a person’s heart. Various other tests may be requested of you and the results will be explained further to determine the best care for you.
CareXpress Urgent Care staff hopes this information has been helpful or informative for readers out there. Please note that while we recognize Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week and do offer EKG screenings, regular visits with your cardiologists are best.