How does congenital heart defect (CHD) affect daily life?

The impact that congenital heart defect has on one’s daily life can vary depending on the complexity and type of defect that they have. For some people, their defect may be mild and even go away with time. More complex defects may have a greater impact on one’s life, however. 
 
Many heart defects require lifelong monitoring and treatment even if a corrective surgery has been performed early on due to the fact that symptoms or complications may occur in adulthood. Many children will have to see a cardiologist all throughout their lives. 
 
In some cases of CHD, children may have to adhere to certain exercise restrictions and limit the amount and/or type of exercise they participate in. However, most children are able to do everything that other kids can do. It is helpful to discuss exercise restrictions with your doctor in order to determine what is safe. 
 
The recovery period from corrective procedures for CHD may be long. This could potentially result in children falling behind developmentally. In some cases, children could have trouble in their school years as well and may be delayed in reading, writing, and learning. Falling behind in school and the emotional stress of their medical condition may also negatively affect mental health and cause feelings of isolation. Luckily, many children with CHD grow up to live normal and productive lives. 
 
Some potential complications of CHD include:
 
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Slow growth and development 
  • Cyanosis (grayish blue skin color from lack of oxygen rich blood reaching the tissues)
  • Emotional problems
  • Stroke
  • Heart rhythm problems
 
living with congenital heart defect (CHD)
 
 

Sources
  • "Congenital heart defects in children." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 17 Jun. 2017. Web. 14 Sep. 2017.
  • “Living with a Congenital Heart Defect.” National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 01 Jul. 2011. Web. 14 Sep. 2017. 

 

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