Medicines often are needed to treat
congenital heart defects until the defect can be
repaired or corrected. Some children and adults need to take medicine even after the defect is repaired. Children with certain defects that
cannot be completely corrected may have to take medicines for a long
Heart attacks and strokes can strike suddenly. Prompt treatment can save lives and reduce disability. Learn to recognize heart attack symptoms, angina symptoms, and stroke symptoms so that you will be prepared to call for emergency help.