Treatment of Congenital Heart Disease

Treatment is based on the severity of the congenital heart disease. Some mild heart defects do not require any treatment.Others can be treated with medications, invasive procedures or surgery. Most adults with congenital heart disease should be monitored by a congenital heart specialist and may need to take precautions to prevent endocarditis (an infection of the heart) throughout their life.

Surgical Treatment Options

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/16/2019.

References

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