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 - 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.
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 - 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 - 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.
Congenital Heart Defects - Surgery
If your child has a large or complex congenital heart defect, he or she may need open-heart surgery. The kind of surgery will depend on what defect the child has.
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
Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Frequently Asked Questions
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Living With Heart Failure
Your attitude and level of participation in your treatment can strongly impact how you feel. Taking care of yourself will help you feel better and improve your health so that you can enjoy life. Taking your medicines as directed, controlling your diet, and getting regular exercise are lifestyle changes that are key to controlling heart failure symptoms and preventing sudden heart failure.Limit ...