Health Minute: Infant Congestive Heart

Heart problems are nothing to be taken lightly, but when babies are born with them, there are special steps to be taken.

If someone says "heart problems," one of the first things that often comes to mind are issues that develop over time, like heart attacks, coronary artery disease and even heart failure.

But there is actually a heart condition you can be born with.

Congenital heart defects are the most common types of birth defects and they affect more people than you might realize.

According to the American Heart Association, every year, about 8 out of every 1,000 infants in the US are born with a heart defect.

Many of those babies will not require surgery, but for those who do, it is a difference between life and death.

Luckily, there are ways to find out if your baby is at risk before it is even born.

If doctors diagnose congenital heart disease in a fetus, once the infant is born, it is important to make sure they can function like a normal baby.

While babies usually do well after leaving the hospital, congenital heart disease needs to be monitored.
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