If your child needs treatment for a congenital heart defect, do some research. He or she may be safer at a hospital that performs heart procedures frequently.
This medical condition, although rare, occurs in about five of every 10,000 births and affects boys and girls equally.
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting nearly one in 100 births every year. Most heart defects are caught during pregnancy, but some are not. Know what symptoms to look for.
Babies born today with heart defects are more likely than ever to live into adulthood. According to recent studies in Finland and Norway, more children treated for simple defects are having near-normal life spans. More children treated for riskier, complex defects also are living longer. “Compare these findings with 50 years ago, when only about … Read More
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