Congenital Heart Defects (cont.)
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Congenital heart defects generally cannot be prevented.
If you or your partner has a congenital heart defect and you are planning to have a baby, see the topic Congenital Heart Defects: Pregnancy.
Women who plan to get pregnant and women who are pregnant can lower their risk of having babies with congenital heart defects by taking steps to have healthy pregnancies. For healthy pregnancy choices, see the topic Pregnancy.
Congenital heart defects often are repaired with surgery or heart catheterization, but home treatment also plays an important role. Some of the issues you'll face include:
For more information and help, see Congenital Heart Defects: Caring for Your Child.
Medicines often are needed to treat congenital heart defects until the defect can be repaired or corrected. Some children and adults need to take medicine even after the defect is repaired. Children with certain defects that cannot be completely corrected may have to take medicines for a long time.
Treatment with medicines depends on the:
Medicines might be used to treat complications, relieve symptoms, or prevent problems. They might not treat the defect itself.
The following are some of the medicines used for heart defects.
To treat complications and relieve symptoms
To treat a certain defect
To prevent problems
What to think about
Know how to give medicine safely. Your child's heart medicines are very strong and can be dangerous if they aren't given correctly. For help, see the topic Congenital Heart Defects: Caring for Your Child.
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