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Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a defect or problem with the heart’s structure that’s present at birth, such as:

  • A hole in the heart wall.
  • Issues with the blood vessels (too many or too few, blood flowing too slowly, to the wrong place or in the wrong direction).
  • Problems with the heart valves.

Some cases of CHD are simple and may not cause any symptoms, but others can be life-threatening and require treatment.

Heart defects may be detected early (before a baby is born or shortly afterward). But sometimes, CHD isn’t diagnosed until childhood, adolescence or adulthood.

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Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a defect in the heart’s structure that’s present at birth. It can be detected before birth, soon after birth or anytime throughout life. There are many kinds of CHD. Symptoms and treatment depend on the type of defect and its severity. A person with CHD should see a cardiologist regularly throughout life.
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Congenital heart disease is a defect in the heart’s structure that’s present at birth. It can be detected before a baby is born, soon after birth, or any time during childhood or adulthood. If you or your baby have a heart defect, it’s important to see a cardiologist who specializes in CHD. You should visit the cardiologist regularly throughout life to monitor the condition and keep the heart as healthy as possible.
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