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Congenital defects

A congenital heart disorder is any kind of defect in the heart that is present when the baby is born. These disorders are formed in the first weeks of pregnancy as the baby's heart is developing. Congenital heart defects can also be the result of other birth defects that occur during the baby's formation as well. According to current statistics, at least 30 percent of children with chromosomal abnormalities have heart defects. Some of those conditions include:

Certain congenital heart abnormalities may also be related to exposure to conditions experienced in the early weeks of pregnancy:

Children with chromosomal abnormalities should be routinely evaluated for heart defects. A fetal echocardiograph may also be recommended if there is a strong family history of certain genetic or chromosomal allergies or if the fetus has been exposed to certain conditions in the early weeks of pregnancy. This can help the heart team determine the severity of the disorder and, if necessary, prepare a plan for medical treatment at birth to give your baby the best possible outcome opportunity.

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Congenital heart defects

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