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Congenital Heart Defect

Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital Heart Defect

-  1 out of 110 children are born with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). It is one of the most common birth defects in the United States but we still do not always know why.

-  These defects can be detected in utero during an ultrasound, after being born in the nursery with pulse oximetry testing or by your pediatrician listening to the heart.

-  Certain defects can be corrected as a catherization procedure, where they enter into the groin, and repair the defect by an Interventional Cardiologist. Other CHDs, will need open heart surgery by a Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon to repair. Once surgery is completed, they are repaired or corrected but never "fixed."

-  The more critical defects can require multiple surgeries and these children will always need to be followed by a cardiologist. To all those who are 1 in 110, Stay Strong and we wear red for you!

 

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Topic: Congenital Heart Defect - 02/05/21.

Image:  Thanks to Ryan O' Neil for this image:)

Author
Samantha Reeh, CPNP Samantha Reeh has been a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) for over 5 years. She believes in providing education to parents and children about their health and wellness. Her goal is to help teach families to take control of their health, both physical and emotional, and be active participants in their care. While not in the clinic taking care of patients or doing her weekly live Facebook videos, she loves spending time with her 2 dogs and exercising.

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