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What does congenital heart disease mean?
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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Defect at birth.
Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart's structure and/or function that is present at birth.
It is the most common type of birth defect, and causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Treatment depends upon the condition, some require no treatment, others need critical intervention to survive. It affects 8-10 of each 1000 births.

In brief: Defect at birth.
Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart's structure and/or function that is present at birth.
It is the most common type of birth defect, and causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Treatment depends upon the condition, some require no treatment, others need critical intervention to survive. It affects 8-10 of each 1000 births.
Dr. Barton Cook
Dr. Barton Cook
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Risk for babies
Many young women who had congenital heart disease (heart defect at birth) are having babies themselves now.
A couple with a history of any type of congenital heart abnormality should ask for consultation with and fetal echo ultrasound study by mfm (maternal-fetal) or pediatric cardiology subspecialist. The fetus has an increased chance for heart defect which can differ from another in the family.

In brief: Risk for babies
Many young women who had congenital heart disease (heart defect at birth) are having babies themselves now.
A couple with a history of any type of congenital heart abnormality should ask for consultation with and fetal echo ultrasound study by mfm (maternal-fetal) or pediatric cardiology subspecialist. The fetus has an increased chance for heart defect which can differ from another in the family.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Danielle Salhany
Also, certain congenital heart defects could be dangerous for the mother in pregnancy. These women often need to be followed by a high risk obstetrician (MFM specialisst). Best to consult with your OB/GYN preconceptionally.
Elaine Peterson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Born with it
Congenital heart disease is a general term given to people who are born with a heart problem(s).
Around 25% of the people with congenital heart disease are considered critical and require surgery or catheter intervention within the first year of life.

In brief: Born with it
Congenital heart disease is a general term given to people who are born with a heart problem(s).
Around 25% of the people with congenital heart disease are considered critical and require surgery or catheter intervention within the first year of life.
Elaine Peterson
Elaine Peterson
Answer assisted by Elaine Peterson, Medical Student
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