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Congenital heart defects are conditions that are present at birth and can affect the structure of a baby's heart and the way it works. They are the most common type of birth defect. As medical care and treatment have advanced, infants with congenital heart defects are living longer and healthier lives. Many now are living into adulthood.

Congenital Heart Defects Topics

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Causes and risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and how the heart works.

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Pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart defects.

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What we’ve learned.

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Information about specific types of heart defects.

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Data and statistics highlights.

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Scientific articles.

Living With a Congenital Heart Defect

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Read about living with a congenital heart defect, including one family’s story.

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Scientific Statement


Children with heart defects need early evaluation for related disorders

Children born with a heart defect should receive early evaluation, prompt treatment and continued follow-up for related developmental disorders affecting brain function.

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