Yes, there is a cure for endocardial cushion defects. However, it is not always the most effective method of treatment.
- Endocardial cushion defects are often discovered in early infancy when the child has a heart murmur or irregular heartbeat. In some cases, doctors may not diagnose a defect until adulthood.
- If you have an endocardial cushion defect, you may need regular checkups with your primary care physician to monitor your heart health and make sure you stay on top of any symptoms that might arise.
- If you experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, or palpitations (when your heartbeat feels like it's racing), see your doctor right away—don't wait until the next day!
- For many people with endocardial cushion defects, the best treatment available is surgery to repair or replace the affected heart valves. When done correctly, this type of surgery has a low risk for complications and long-term success with few side effects.
- In some cases, medications may be used to treat symptoms of endocardial cushion defects such as arrhythmias or cyanosis (blue tinge to skin).
- These medications may include Beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol), calcium channel blockers (e.g., verapamil), anti-arrhythmic drugs (e.g., sotalol), and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers (ACE-I/ARB).
Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmias),Chest pain (angina),Congestive heart failure,Dizziness or fainting,Fatigue (tiredness),Heart murmur (a swishing sound that occurs when blood flows through the heart)
Breathlessness (dyspnoea),Chest pain (angina pectoris),Swelling of the legs or abdomen,Bluish coloration of skin (cyanosis)