There are at least 35 different kinds of heart birth defects. Each kind of birth defect, however, can range from minor to serious. When a child has a septal defect, which is a hole in the heart, it can be a serious hole that requires surgery, or a minor one that closes by itself.
Andrew T. Ho, MD
- interventional cardiology
Location and Office HoursRiverside Cardiology Associates
Riverside, CA 92501
- Anthem Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Health Net
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- United Healthcare, California
- Inland Valley Medical Center
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, East Campus
- Riverside Community Hospital
How many different heart birth defects are there?
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While pregnant, how do I lower my baby's risk of a congenital heart defect?
Coleen Boyle, PhD, MS, Public Health, answered on behalf of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)A woman can take some important steps before and during pregnancy to help prevent congenital heart defects. She can take folic acid daily, work to get to and stay at a healthy weight, control diagnosed diabetes, and quit smoking. These actions can reduce the risk of having a baby with a congenital heart defect.
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