Posted by: wockhardthospitals | June 1, 2009

Protecting young hearts

Congenital heart disease (CHD) refers to heart disorders that are present at birth and are directly associated with the parts of the heart only. They are not always easily detected.

The risk factors that could lead to CHD include:

• Chromosomal or genetic abnormalities in the child (like Down’s syndrome)
• Medications taken during pregnancy
• Alcohol, drug abuse or smoking during pregnancy
• Maternal viral infection, within the first trimester (like rubella)
• Maternal diabetes mellitus, even if it is gestational diabetes

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