Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week is observed February 7 - 14. The word "congenital" means existing at birth. The terms "congenital heart defect" and "congenital heart disease" are often used interchangeably, but "defect" is more accurate.
There are generally three categories of possible childhood heart problems. These include structural defects, acquired damage and heart rhythm disturbances. These defects are usually - but not always - diagnosed early in life. Rarely, childhood heart problems are not congenital, but heart damage may occur during childhood due to infection. This type of heart disease is called acquired. Examples of acquired heart disease include Kawasaki disease and rheumatic fever. Children also can be born with or develop heart rate problems such as slow, fast, or irregular heart beats. These are known as "arrhythmias".
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week Sponsor: Congenital Heart Information Network
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