Heart Center: What We Treat

A congenital heart defect is a problem with the structure of the heart that is present at birth. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of major birth defect.

A baby's heart begins to develop shortly after conception. During development, structural defects can occur. These defects can involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart and the arteries and veins near the heart. Congenital heart defects can disrupt the normal flow of blood through the heart. The blood flow can

  • Slow down
  • Go in the wrong direction or to the wrong place
  • Be blocked completely

Treatment for the defect can include medicines, catheter based interventions, surgery and heart transplantation. The treatment depends on the type and severity of the defect and a child's age, size and general health. Today, many children born with complex heart defects grow to adulthood and lead productive lives.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Overview of Congenital Heart Disease

Factors Contributing to Congenital Heart Disease

Fetal Circulation

Heart Defects Causing Extra Blood Flow through the Lungs

Heart Defects Causing Obstructions to Blood Flow

Heart Defects Causing Too Little Blood Flow through the Lungs

Living with Congenital Heart Disease

Diagnosing & Evaluating Heart Disease in Children

Heart Murmurs

Heart Transplantation

Kawasaki Disease

Marfan Syndrome

Pericarditis

Bacterial Endocarditis

Cardiomyopathy

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Heart Center at Children's Medical Center

214-456-2333