Congenital Heart Defects - When To Call a Doctor
Call your health professional immediately if your child with a congenital heart defect has symptoms of heart failure, a blusih tint to the skin, or a fever that won’t go away.
Congenital Heart Defects - Symptoms
Congenital heart defects cause a wide range of symptoms.
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.
Congenital Heart Defects - Treatment Overview
Treatment for congenital heart defects may include medicines, heart catheterization, and surgery.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Congenital Heart Defects - Cause
Learn about congenital heart defects and why they occur.