If you or someone you love requires emergency heart treatment, it will help to know when to get to the emergency room and what to expect. It's also important to know how to be prepared in the event of a heart attack.
Medicines to help with symptoms. Some medicines
can control a heartbeat that isn't regular. Others make the heart stronger
until a defect can be fixed. Your child may need some medicines after
surgery. To learn more, see Medications.
repair the structural defect. If a newborn needs surgery, the
surgery may be delayed until the baby is stronger. If the defect threatens the
baby's life, surgery will be done right away. To learn more, see Surgery.
Your child will also need regular visits to a pediatric cardiologist.
You may need to keep track of medicines and make frequent trips to
the doctor. Costs can be high. Try to
find support groups and other parents who can help you with the many emotions
What to think about
Some children die from severe congenital heart defects or related
complications, such as heart failure. If your baby is born with
a severe heart defect, there's a good chance that he or she
will survive with treatment. But you must also prepare for the possibility that
your child may die. Talk with your doctor about local resources and
organizations that can help you manage your emotional and practical
struggles when faced with this possibility.
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