Congenital Heart Disease

By: Karly Pierce

What is Congenital Heart Disease?

Congenital Heart Disease is a rare abnormality that develops in the heart before birth.

There are fewer than 200,000 cases per year.

Treatment/Medication/Signs of Disease

Treatments include medication to lower blood pressure and control heart rate.

Heart Devices, Catheter procedures and surgery.

Serious cases may require a heart transplant.

Symptoms of Congenital Heart Disease are abnormal heart rhythms, blue-tinted skin, shortness of breath, failure to feed or develop normally, and swollen body tissue or organs.

Healthy Tips For Pregnant Women

To prevent Congenital Heart Disease there are a few steps that you should take while pregnant.

You should avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

Take 400g of folic acid a day during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.