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  1. Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Test

    A brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) test measures the amount of the BNP hormone in your blood. BNP is made by your heart and tells how well your heart is working.

  2. Congenital Heart Defects - Other Treatment

    Heart catheterization may be used to correct certain congenital heart defects. Children generally recover more quickly from a heart catheterization procedure than from a surgery.

  3. Congenital Heart Defects - Symptoms

    Congenital heart defects cause a wide range of symptoms.

  4. Congenital Heart Defects - Exams and Tests

    Testing for congenital heart defects can be done while a woman is pregnant or after a baby's birth. A fetal echocardiogram, which can be done as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, is the best test before a baby's birth. The test uses sound waves to take pict

  5. Congenital Heart Defects - What Increases Your Risk

    In most cases, the cause of a congenital heart defect is not known. However, certain things increase your baby's chances of developing a heart defect.

  6. Congenital Heart Defects - Surgery

    If your child has a large or complex congenital heart defect, he or she may need open-heart surgery. The kind of surgery will depend on what defect the child has.

  7. Congenital Heart Defects - Cause

    Learn about congenital heart defects and why they occur.

  8. Congenital Heart Defects - Prevention

    Congenital heart defects generally cannot be prevented. However, you can reduce your risk of having a baby with heart defects by taking the following steps: Make sure your immunizations are up to date before becoming pregnant. If you have never had German

  9. Congenital Heart Defects - Topic Overview

    What are congenital heart defects? Congenital heart defects are problems with how a baby's heart forms. 'Congenital' means that the heart problem develops before the baby is born or at birth.

  10. Congenital Heart Defects - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if your child with a congenital heart defect has symptoms of heart failure, a blusih tint to the skin, or a fever that won’t go away.

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