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If an unborn baby has congenital heart defects, should you still go through with the pregnancy?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Depends.

This is personal choice and depends on the genetic make-up of the baby, the presence of other anomalies and the severity of the cardiac defect(s).
Genetic counseling and pediatric cardiology consultation are essential! http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/congenitalheartdefects/aboutcongenitalheartdefects/about-congenital-heart-defects_ucm_001217_article.Jsp.

In brief: Depends.

This is personal choice and depends on the genetic make-up of the baby, the presence of other anomalies and the severity of the cardiac defect(s).
Genetic counseling and pediatric cardiology consultation are essential! http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/congenitalheartdefects/aboutcongenitalheartdefects/about-congenital-heart-defects_ucm_001217_article.Jsp.
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Dr. Patrick Callahan
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Yes - ...

Most congenital heart defects are able to be treated with surgery and medications .
The decision to have a baby with a known congenital heart defect is always personal. The couple should seek a timely opinion of an experienced pediatric cardiologist. Genetic testing and imaging is important to identify the defect, counsel the couple and look for associated abnormalities.

In brief: Yes - ...

Most congenital heart defects are able to be treated with surgery and medications .
The decision to have a baby with a known congenital heart defect is always personal. The couple should seek a timely opinion of an experienced pediatric cardiologist. Genetic testing and imaging is important to identify the defect, counsel the couple and look for associated abnormalities.
Dr. Patrick Callahan
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