Please try again later. Parents or caregivers may find it stressful caring for a child with a congenital heart defect. Children and teens who have serious conditions or illnesses may feel isolated if they need to be in the hospital a lot. A variety of approaches can be taken in treating and managing a congenital heart defect depending on the type and severity of the defect. Pacemakers can be given to both children and adults with congenital heart defects to help control abnormal heart rhythms, also known as arrhythmias. Cardiac catheterization to measure the pressure and oxygen level inside the heart chambers and blood vessels.
Routine vaccinations are especially important for children with congenital heart defects.
Adult Congenital Heart Defects
For the transition plan, work with healthcare providers to compile a packet of medical records and information that covers all aspects of the heart defect, including:. Children may receive a heart transplant if they have a complex congenital heart defect that cannot be repaired surgically or if the heart fails after surgery. Chest X-ray to show whether the heart is enlarged. A feature called Radiant Flow shows the blood flow in a 3-D view. Kim Allan Williams, Sr.