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  1. Interactive Tool: What Is Your Target Heart Rate? - How can you use your target heart rate?

    Try to make physical activity a regular and essential part of your day. Start slowly and be sure to consult your doctor first if you haven't been active. For more information, see the topic Fitness. Source: McArdle WD, et al. (1991). Training for anaerobic and aerobic power. In Exercise Physiology, 3rd ed., pp. 423–451. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger. ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Congenital Heart Defects - Symptoms

    Congenital heart defects cause a wide range of symptoms.

  5. Congenital Heart Defects - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for congenital heart defects may include medicines, heart catheterization, and surgery.

  6. Congenital Heart Defects - What Happens

    Congenital heart defects happen when the heart does not form normally as the unborn baby (fetus) grows in the womb. Heart defects may cause problems with blood flow through the heart after a baby is born.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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