Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Heart Defects Overview

Another name for Heart Defects is Congenital Heart Disease.

What is congenital heart disease?
A person with congenital heart disease is born with an abnormal heart. The abnormality may involve the structure of the heart, or the abnormality may involve the electrical impulses that stimulate the heart to beat. Examples of congenital heart disease include ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, tetralogy of Fallot, and patent ductus arteriosus.

What are the symptoms of congenital heart disease?
Symptoms of congenital heart disease depend on the underlying cardiac defect. Common symptoms include breathing difficulty with exertion, rapid breathing, wheezing, and failure to gain weight.

How does the doctor treat congenital heart disease?
Treatment for congenital heart disease often includes surgery to correct the congenital defect.

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