What is congenital heart disease?
Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart that is present at birth. “Congenital” is just another way of saying that your baby was born with it. “Congenital heart defect” is another term for congenital heart disease.
Congenital heart problems can be simple or complex. The symptoms and the treatment depend on the type of heart problem. Many people who have a congenital heart defect grow up to be healthy and strong.
Caring for Infants with Congenital Heart Disease and Their Families by RB Saenz, M.D., DK Beebe, M.D., and LC Triplett, M.D. (American Family Physician April 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990401ap/1857.html)
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