Is Dextrocardia Treatable?
Many people who grow up with their heart on the right side (dextrocardia) do not show any symptoms and therefore the condition goes untreated.
Babies born with this congenital condition accompanied by heart defects may require surgery. Many infants are given medicines that increase the force of the heartbeat and lower blood pressure before surgery.
The treatment of lung problems and sinus symptoms may lessen the chances or impact of dextrocardia if the person is suffering from Kartagener syndrome.
The treatment options available are:
- Treating cases of sinusitis and bronchitis
- Expectorant or mucus clearing medicines
- Antibiotics for bacterial infections
Individuals with dextrocardia should consider genetic counseling before starting a family.
Life expectancy is normal for most people with Dextrocardia situs inversus. Whereas, congenital heart defects are more frequent and associated with greater heart risks in isolated Dextrocardia cases.
Comparatively, people with isolated dextrocardia often lead a normal life. In case you are at a higher risk of getting sick, your doctor will help with precautionary measures.
However, if you have a more complicated case of dextrocardia, you may face issues throughout your life.
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