Congenital Heart Defects

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About Congenital Heart Defects

A congenital heart defect is an abnormality present at birth. Find information on specific types tailored to adults with heart defects and parents of children diagnosed with a defect.

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Symptoms & Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defects

Most heart defects are spotted during childhood, but sometimes a person may reach adulthood before discovering a heart defect. Learn about the symptoms and diagnostic measures.

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The Impact of Congenital Heart Defects

Learn about problems that may accompany congenital heart defects and how this can impact a person's future.

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Care & Treatment for Congenital Heart Defects

Discover the ongoing needs of adults and children with heart defects. Surgeries, procedures and lifestyle modifications are addressed.

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Understand Your Risk of Congenital Heart Defects

Find out who is at risk for congenital heart defects and what additional health risks are noted for possible future pregnancies and conditions.

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Tools & Resources

Here we offer extensive downloadable information to help you and your supportive friends and family understand the condition and special needs.

CHD Personal Stories

personal stories

These touching stories from parents and young survivors affected by congenital heart defects provide inspiration and hope.
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Web Booklets on Congenital Heart Defects

blue papersThese online publications describe many defects and the procedures used to repair them. It’s organized so that you can print out the sections that relate to you or your child’s defect and concerns.