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Congenital heart disease is any of the heart defects that exist at birth. Although only one percent of babies is born with congenital heart disease, abnormal heart structures are the most common type of birth defect.
With the help of advanced prenatal testing, your Dignity Health Central California doctor can detect and diagnose heart defects while you’re pregnant.
Congenital heart disease can affect any structure of the heart, including:
Find a Doctor near you who specializes in treating babies with congenital heart defects in Central California.
Congenital heart disease symptoms can vary from baby to baby. The specific defect and the severity can produce different symptoms.
When symptoms are present, they may include:
Some congenital heart defects are so mild there are no unusual signs present. Some people develop problems later in life, long after birth.
Often, the exact cause of the heart defect is not known.
Some causes of congenital heart defects and heart disease include:
The goal of treatment is to allow your baby to develop normally and lead a healthy life. Depending on the part of the heart that’s affected, neonatal or pediatric surgery can fix the defect. Sometimes medication can manage the heart problem. If troubling symptoms are present at birth, Dignity Health Central California provides care at our NICUs to stabilize your baby until he or she is ready to go home.
Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists can diagnose any potential heart defects during your pregnancy. This allows you to make informed health decisions and prepare for caring for a baby with a heart defect. Some babies need ongoing medical support and monitoring as they get older.
Your doctor can help you lower your chances of having a baby with a congenital heart defect. Preventive steps include lowering your blood sugar during pregnancy. Trust the dedicated staff at Dignity Health Central California for complete care for your baby, before and after you give birth.
Dignity Health Central California treats infants with congenital heart disease in Bakersfield, Merced, and Stockton, CA.