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Are congenital heart defects the same as heart birth defects?

Dr. Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrician

Congenital heart defects are the same thing as heart birth defects. Congenital is just another way of saying that a person was born with it.

Heart defects vary greatly and the condition your child has determines the severity. Many heart defects do not even need surgery, but some do.  If your child has a heart defect, please keep all appointments with the pediatric cardiology specialist, your pediatrician and if needed, the pediatric cardiac surgeon.

Congenital heart defects are the same as heart birth defects. Both are terms for problems in the heart that occur from the time the baby is growing in the womb. The term congenital simply means that it already existed at birth.

Some heart birth defects can be mild, but most are serious. Some can even be life-threatening, require several surgeries, or even a heart transplant. In addition, heart birth defects can lead to additional health problems later on in life. If your child has heart birth defect symptoms, talk to your doctor.

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