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Congenital Heart Conditions

Congenital Heart Conditions

Congenital heart condition refers to a problem with the heart's structure and function due to abnormal heart development before birth. Congenital means present at birth.

According to the American Heart Association, about 35,000 babies are born each year with some type of congenital heart defect. Congenital heart disease is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Many of these defects need to be followed carefully. Some heal over time, others will require treatment.

Some examples of congenital heart conditions include:

  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Ventricular Septal Defects

A symptom of a congenital heart condition may include a heart murmur.

St. Luke's Heart & Vascular