Congenital Heart Defects/Disease

Also known as: congenital abnormalities, congenital disorders

What are Birth Defects and Congenital Anomalies?

Any unusual physical feature or health problem that is present at the birth of a baby is known as a birth defect or a congenital anomaly. They can range from mild to severe. Some can even threaten a baby's life and require immediate medical treatment.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: June 26, 2019 03:47 PM

Dental Health in Children with Congenital Heart Defects

Children with congenital heart defects may require special precautions before dental cleanings and treatment.

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CHARGE Syndrome

CHARGE syndrome is an acronym for a genetic disorder that typically causes the following abnormalities: coloboma, heart defects, atresia choanae, growth retardation, genital abnormalities and ear abnormalities. Learn more

Developmental Delays

Whenever a child fails to reach a set of developmental milestone for physical/motor, in language and communication, social, or behavioral function, and/or cognitive ability at their expected time, it's known as developmental delay. Learn more

Holter Monitoring

Holter monitoring is a test that monitors and records your heartbeat for 24 to 48 hours. It’s typically used to gain more information about an abnormal heart rhythm and determine how long and how frequently the episodes last. Learn more

Fetal Echocardiograms

A fetal echocardiogram is a detailed ultrasound performed of the baby's heart before the baby is born. Learn more