Congenital heart defects often are repaired with surgery or heart catheterization, but home treatment also plays an important role. Some of the issues you'll face include:
- Coping with oxygen problems.
- Getting your child to eat enough.
- Giving medicines.
- Caring for a child in the hospital.
- Exercise restrictions.
- Caring for yourself.
- Dealing with family issues and medical insurance.
Adults who have congenital heart defects have other issues, such as pregnancy, birth control and employment.
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