Congenital heart disease is a heart condition where the structure of the heart and vessels do not form correctly during fetal development in the uterus. Defects can form in the walls of the heart, heart valves, and arteries and veins leading to the heart. According to the American Heart Association, approximately 35,000 babies are born with a defect each year. Some congenital heart disease conditions can be acquired during childhood development from infections or other diseases.
Congenital (at birth)
Acquired (developed in childhood)
Symptoms or signs of congenital heart disease can occur at birth, during childhood development. Sometimes the symptoms can be suppressed until adulthood, or not appear at all. Congenital heart disease symptoms may include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
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