Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) is the most common abnormality at birth. The term is descriptive of one or more congenital defects of the heart’s walls, valves and/or vessels. The structural abnormalities affect blood flow and oxygenation, causing the characteristic symptoms of the disease.

Symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects

The good news today is that many times a congenital defect may be detected prior to birth. In other cases, a defect may be detected during an adult Heart Health Screening or by way of the display of symptoms; some of which may be very serious in nature. Learn more about the serious symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects.

Treatments for CHD

While many types of Congenital Heart Defects may be likely to improve on their own over time and may not require treatment; others may require treatment for life sustainability and life quality goals.  Thus, it is important to obtain an accurate diagnosis and routinely follow up as directed by your cardiologist. The prognosis is very good for the vast majority thanks to advancements in technology and techniques in the hands of gifted cardiac surgeons.  Learn more about CHD Treatments.

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