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How frequently does a congenital heart defect go undiagnosed?

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Hard question: This depends on who is evaluating. It is highly unusual for an important congenital heart defect to be missed by a pediatric cardiologist. A major diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of congenital heart disease is a careful, focused physical examination. Echocardiography under the direction of a pediatric cardiologist is an important, reliable tool to confirm the diagnosis and establish details.

Answered 1/20/2014

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