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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can congenital heart disease lead to heart failure?

    My son has congenital heart disease which has been corrected via surgery but I’m wondering if this will increase his risk of heart failure in the future.
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    Dr Sylvia Chen

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Chen is a Specialist Cardiologist in Adult Congenital Heart Disease and in Cardiovascular MRI. She trained in Royal Brompton and University College Hospitals, London. … View Profile

    This is not a straightforward question to answer, as the answer will be affected by the following considerations:

    1. The underlying congenital anomaly
    2. Its severity prior to surgical repair 
    3. The success of repair.
    4. Other co-morbidities

    However, generally, if the congenital anomaly was less complex and the surgical repair performed before complications occured, and there are no residual abnormalities, then the risk of heart failure in the future is less, compared to a child with complex anomalies.

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