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I need help! my 16yr old sister was told she has a congenital heart defect. im pregnant and worried about my baby?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: There is no increased risk of your child having a heart problem, because your sister does.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Your sisters issue: Your general risk of a heart defect in your child is equal to that of the general population. (small) The risk your sister has for any of her offspring to have any type of heart defect is about 4%.

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