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Congenital heart defects occur when parts of the heart do not form — or form incorrectly — during fetal development. They can range from small holes between the inner walls of the heart, to the absence or malformation of large parts of the heart.
Affecting one in 100 newborns, congenital heart conditions are the most common birth defect in the U.S. There are approximately 1 million children and 1.4 million adults with congenital heart disease living today. Learn more about congenital heart disease on our blog.
WakeMed’s specialized cardiologists are able to expertly diagnose, monitor and treat people of all ages who have congenital heart disease.
There are many types of congenital/structural heart conditions. They include:
Most congenital heart defects are diagnosed prior to or shortly after birth. Maternal-fetal specialists and cardiologists can use advanced cardiac imaging to diagnose and monitor congenital heart abnormalities. Imaging technologies that may be used include:
Congenital heart disease is often a lifelong medical condition. While some congenital heart defects heal without treatment, others can require multiple interventions and/or lifelong medication. Treatment depends on the type and severity of the anomaly.
Cardiovascular surgeons can perform a variety of highly specialized operations—from traditional open surgeries to less invasive procedures—to correct congenital heart abnormalities. In some cases, surgeries must be performed over time, in stages.
If you or a loved one suffers from or is suspected to have congenital heart disease, we encourage you to make an appointment today with one of WakeMed’s specialized cardiologists.
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Raleigh, NC 27610