MADSION (WKOW) – A congenital heart defect occurs when the heart or blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth.
February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week. On Thursday morning, Dr. Keila N. Lopez sat down with Wake Up Wisconsin presenter Mark Charter to provide insight into the disease that affects more than 2 million Americans.
“It’s the most common birth defect affecting one in 100 children, and the severity is extremely varied,” Dr. Lopez said.
Doctors also say coronary artery disease can be tricky because the exact cause is often unknown.
“There had been a few genes that were genetically linked to these heart defects,” Dr. Lopez said. “But that means most heart defects are some sort of combination between genetic and environmental factors, as well as associations with what we call the social determinants of health. These are the places and conditions in which people work. , grow, live, go to school.”
Doctors say congenital heart disease is identified before birth.
“It’s very common for these conditions to be noticed on obstetric ultrasound which results in a cardiac evaluation with a heart echo or fetal echocardiogram,” Dr. Lopez said.
Dr. Lopez said you should contact your doctor if you have any concerns about coronary artery disease. If you want to know more about the disease, click here.