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Need expert advice. What is congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Present at birth

Congenital heart disease and the term congenital heart defect are used interchangeably.
Congenital heart defects are structural abnormalities of the heart and/or the large blood vessels in the chest that are present at birth. There are dozens of different defects. Some have no real implication and some can have life-threatening consequences requiring multiple surgeries starting early in life.

In brief: Present at birth

Congenital heart disease and the term congenital heart defect are used interchangeably.
Congenital heart defects are structural abnormalities of the heart and/or the large blood vessels in the chest that are present at birth. There are dozens of different defects. Some have no real implication and some can have life-threatening consequences requiring multiple surgeries starting early in life.
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