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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 may include:

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

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

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    Read the Do You Really Need Bypass Surgery? article > >

    Teens and adults who have heart defects may need to think ahead about pregnancy, birth control, employment, and other issues. For help, see Congenital Heart Defects in Adults.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 08, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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