We tend to take a lot of our bodily functions for granted most of the time. Unless of course something goes wrong or we know someone who is experiencing problems. The birth of a baby should be an exciting time but if a heart defect or other problem is discovered it turns the happy event into a worrying one.
It can be even more worrying if there is a failure to diagnose a heart defect that leads to problems later on. If such a defect – and there are many that can potentially occur in some people – should arise, treatment can often be sought to rectify or improve the issue. However if it is not spotted in time it can be devastating, either for the parents of a baby or for an individual who suffers as a result of not having the condition diagnosed.
Since most heart problems related to defects do produce symptoms, a medical professional should explore the symptoms that occur. Generally speaking it should be possible to ascertain what the symptoms point towards, and to undertake appropriate tests to lead to a diagnosis.
How can a heart defect make you feel?
A lot depends on the type of defect you have. Some defects do not cause any issues – in fact some people may not even be aware they have a defect. Others are diagnosed at birth or at some point in their lives when symptoms start to manifest themselves. Since some defects require treatment – possibly surgical in nature – it can be dangerous if there is a failure to diagnose a heart defect. There is always the potential for this to occur or for a misdiagnosis to be made, even though it is rare and nothing something you often hear about.
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