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Congenital Heart Defects - Other Treatment

Heart catheterization may be used to correct certain congenital heart defects. Children typically recover more quickly from a heart catheterization procedure than from a surgery.

With heart catheterization, a doctor threads a thin, flexible tube called a catheter through a blood vessel-typically in the groin-and into the heart. This lets the doctor check the heart and treat a defect.

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I've always known I wanted to have children, but my husband, Mark, and I did a lot of homework before we decided to try to get pregnant. I have Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. The biggest risk is an enlarged aorta (the major artery taking blood away from the heart). This can lead to an aneurysm (a bulge) or a dissection (a tear) in that artery. To protect their hearts, people with Marfan syndrome must limit contact sports and strenuous activity, as...

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Last Updated: August 08, 2014
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