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Congenital Heart Defects - Home Treatment

Congenital heart defects often are repaired with surgery or heart catheterization, but home treatment also plays an important role. Some of the issues you'll face include:

  • Coping with oxygen problems.
  • Getting your child to eat enough.
  • Giving medicines.
  • Caring for a child in the hospital.
  • Exercise restrictions.
  • Caring for yourself.
  • Dealing with family issues and medical insurance.

For more information and help, see Congenital Heart Defects: Caring for Your Child.

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Is It a Heart Attack or Angina?

It’s dramatic when someone has a heart attack on television or in the movies. But in real life, symptoms can be more subtle and difficult to identify. And because heart attack and angina symptoms are so similar, it may be hard to tell what's going on. But knowing the differences -- and the reasons behind them -- can result in seeking treatment sooner, and living longer.

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Adults who have congenital heart defects have other issues, such as pregnancy, birth control, and employment. For help, see Congenital Heart Defects in Adults.

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Last Updated: May 09, 2013
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