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New mothers often wonder if they did anything to cause their baby’s CHD. It’s important to remember that in most cases, CHD has no known cause. Most of the time, there is no identifiable reason as to why the heart defect occurred. However, some at-risk groups include:
If you fall into any of these categories, it’s important to talk to your doctor while pregnant.
Several CHDs are detected and treated early in infancy.
Symptoms of CHD in infants and children include:
About 1 percent of all children are born with CHD, but the risk increases if either parent, or a sibling, has CHD.
If you have a CHD, we recommend that you speak with a genetic counselor or genetic specialist at Boston Children’s before becoming pregnant. In families with a CHD either in the parents or offspring, a fetal echocardiography can be performed in the second trimester to determine the presence of major heart defects.
When a gene is mutated, a number of health problems may occur. Several health problems with one genetic cause are often referred to as a syndrome. Some of the genetic syndromes associated with a higher incidence of heart defects include:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”