Web Booklet: If Your Child Has a Congenital Heart Defect

Updated:May 6,2014
Prepared by the Committee on Congenital Cardiac Defects of the American Heart Association's Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young.

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Web Booklet: If Your Child Has A Congenital Defect - Our guide for parents

An Introduction: Understanding Congenital Heart Defects

Medical Treatment:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Heart Rhythm Problems
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Interventional Cardiac Catheterizations
Surgical Treatment:
  • Preparing for Your Child’s Surgery
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Talking to Your Child About Their Surgery
  • In the Operating Room
  • In the Intensive Care Unit
  • Further Hospital Care
  • Taking Care of Your Child at Home
Heart Transplant

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Ask the Pediatric Cardiologist

Find answers to common questions about children and heart disease.

CHD Personal Stories

personal stories

These touching stories from parents and young survivors affected by congenital heart defects provide inspiration and hope.