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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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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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