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How do heart birth defects affect the body?

Heart birth defects affect the body in a multitude of ways. Generally, if the heart is dealing with a defect, then it is not functioning at its optimal level. This means that other organs in the body aren’t receiving the full benefits that they would from a normal, healthy heart.

Heart birth defects can often stunt growth. Children will often develop later and more slowly. Developmental milestones, such as walking and talking, may be delayed. Children with heart birth defects may need surgery, lifelong medications, or at the very least an awareness of their heart defect to avoid future complications down the line.

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