What Is Congenital Heart Defects?

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What is congenital heart defect?

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Congenital heart defect is also known as a congenital heart anomaly or congenital heart disease. It is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth. It involves the interior walls of the heart, the valves inside the heart and the arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart or the body. It changes the normal flow of blood through the heart. The pediatric congenital heart defect is the most common type of birth defect. It affects 8 out of every 1,000 newborns.

The severity of symptoms ranges from simple to complex. A complex congenital heart disease can be fatal. Many people who have complex heart defects continue to need special heart care throughout their lives. they may need to pay special attention to how their condition affects issues like life insurance, employment, birth control and pregnancy. Among all the issues, the limit of pregnancy has a great impact on women.

Patients with congenital heart disease need ongoing medical care for the rest of their life.

 

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