Children who have a congenital heart defect have a structural flaw in the heart. Congenital heart defects in children are rare, but often treatable.
Heart disease, usually thought of as blockages in the arteries that can cause a heart attack, can describe any medical condition affecting your heart.
Hemophilia occurs when your body lacks one of several clot-forming proteins called clotting factors. The result is prolonged bleeding, which can be life-threatening.
Some people with psoriasis may develop joint pain called psoriatic arthritis. Get the basics here.
Septic arthritis occurs when a joint becomes infected. Find out more about this serious condition.
Thrombophlebitis occurs when a blood clot and swelling develop in a vein, typically in your leg. The cause often is prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
Endocarditis is an infection of the heart's inner lining. Find out who's at risk.
Enlarged heart is often a sign of a serious heart condition. Find out causes and treatments for enlarged heart.
Heart failure means your heart can't efficiently pump blood throughout your body. Medications, and sometimes devices or surgery, can help you manage this condition.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome is an uncommon condition that can cause life-threatening kidney failure, especially for children and older adults.
In mitral valve stenosis, the mitral valve is narrowed, obstructing blood flow between the chambers on the left side of the heart.
Pulmonary edema occurs when air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid. It's often a life-threatening emergency.
High blood pressure affecting only the arteries in your lungs is known as pulmonary hypertension. Discover the symptoms, risk factors and treatment for this condition.
Coping and support
Even if your congenital heart disease was treated during childhood, be sure to take care of your condition as an adult.
Anaphylaxis is the most serious type of allergic reaction. It often occurs rapidly after exposure to an allergen and may be life-threatening.
This whooshing sound in your heart is usually harmless, but in some cases heart murmurs can alert your doctor to specific heart conditions.
Hives and angioedema — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of these common allergic disorders.
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication defined by high blood pressure and excess protein in your urine. The only cure is delivery of your baby.
Tests and diagnosis
Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of structures in your body.
Urinalysis can be used to assess your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.
X-rays are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs.
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