Treatment For Heart Disease In Adolescents Aged 18 Years?

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Doctor, my 18 year old friend was recently diagnosed with heart disease. At first he was short of breath for a long time, and yesterday he was short of breath and his heart was pounding. And now in hospitalization. What foods can normalize his heart again?

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Hello Amanda, thanks for the question for HealthReplies.com

There are various types of heart disease. Heart disease suffered by a young person like your friend is most likely caused by congenital heart disease (congenital heart disease) or heart valve disorders due to infection (eg rheumatic heart disease). In severe conditions and not handled properly, both can cause disturbances in heart function or also known as heart failure. This heart failure can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath as experienced by your friend.

Because there are different types of heart disease, the treatment for heart disease can also vary. In general, if there are certain diseases of the heart, food cannot be used as a treatment to cure and normalize the heart condition. In some types of heart disease (especially those associated with blockages in the arteries of the heart / coronary heart disease), changes to a healthier diet can help prevent the occurrence of more severe blockages. However, in other heart disease conditions (for example, there is a disturbance in the anatomy of the heart such as in congenital heart disease or damage to the heart valves due to rheumatic heart disease), food will not be able to influence the appearance or disappearance of this disease.

If your friend has had heart failure, usually your friend will be advised to do a low-salt diet to help reduce the symptoms of heart failure in addition to the use of drugs.

Your friend should discuss again with the doctor who treats him to be able to find out more about what heart disease he is suffering from, as well as which foods are recommended and not recommended for consumption.

Here is an article that you can read about congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease

That's all the information from me, hopefully it's enough to answer

dr. Irna Cecilia

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