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General Overview  

A congenital heart defect is a heart problem that has been present since before birth. Other terms used to describe this condition include congenital heart disease and congenital cardiovascular disease . Congenital heart defects occur in just under one out of every 100 births.

There are many different types of congenital heart defects. Some of the more common types are listed below.

Living With Congenital Heart Defects  

Your heart health: what family history tells you

Your mother has cardiovascular disease, and your nephew was recently diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Whether it's a heart defect that has been present since birth, or heart disease that develops later in life, heart-related conditions often run in the family.

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Preventing Congenital Heart Defects  

Image for children's heart health articleGuidelines for children’s heart health

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