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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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I had my first heart attack 26 years ago, when I was 52. I was very active then, sometimes jogging and often walking long distances. But I was also on the congressional staff in Washington, and the day leading up to the attack was even more hectic than usual. My boss was introducing major legislation, and I had crafted an important floor speech. I didn’t have time for regular meals and ate a huge cheeseburger for dinner, then smoked three or four cigarettes. It happened about 3 in the morning...

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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.

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    Last Updated: August 08, 2014
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