Congenital heart defects
Congenital heart defects are often first detected when your doctor hears an abnormal heart sound or heart murmur when listening to your baby’s heart.
Depending on the type of murmur your doctor hears, he or she may order further testing such as:
At Children’s, if your doctor suspects your child has some type of genetic syndrome, we may ask a clinical geneticist to evaluate your child.
If your child has been diagnosed with a chromosomal or other genetic abnormality, genetic counseling is helpful to determine the risk of heart defects occurring in any other children you may have in the future.