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  1. Congenital Heart Defects - Symptoms

    Congenital heart defects cause a wide range of symptoms.

  2. Congenital Heart Defects - What Happens

    Congenital heart defects happen when the heart does not form normally as the unborn baby (fetus) grows in the womb. Heart defects may cause problems with blood flow through the heart after a baby is born.

  3. Congenital Heart Defects - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for congenital heart defects may include medicines, heart catheterization, and surgery.

  4. Congenital Heart Defects - What Increases Your Risk

    In most cases, the cause of a congenital heart defect is not known. However, certain things increase your baby's chances of developing a heart defect.

  5. Congenital Heart Defects - Exams and Tests

    Testing for congenital heart defects can be done while a woman is pregnant or after a baby's birth. A fetal echocardiogram, which can be done as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, is the best test before a baby's birth. The test uses sound waves to take pict

  6. Congenital Heart Defects - Medications

    Medicines often are needed to treat congenital heart defects until the defect can be repaired or corrected. Some complex acyanotic heart defects and most cyanotic heart defects require ongoing treatment with medicines even after the defect is repaired. Ch

  7. Congenital Heart Defects - Topic Overview

    What are congenital heart defects? Congenital heart defects are problems with how a baby's heart forms. 'Congenital' means that the heart problem develops before the baby is born or at birth.

  8. Congenital Heart Defects - Home Treatment

    Congenital heart defects often are repaired with surgery or heart catheterization, but home treatment also plays an important role. Coping with oxygen problems: Home treatment may include caring for a child who has cyanosis, or problems getting enough oxy

  9. Congenital Heart Defects - Cause

    Learn about congenital heart defects and why they occur.

  10. Congenital Heart Defects - Other Treatment

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

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