Cardiovascular Conditions of Childhood

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To learn more about cardiovascular conditions of childhood, browse any of the topics below.

Doctor Listening To Boy's HeartArrhythmia
Some arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, need treatment, many do not. Read about your child’s specific type and find a checklist for parents.
Boy And Grandfather On BeachCardiomyopathy
Cardiomyopathy is a chronic disease in which the heart muscle becomes inflamed and doesn't work as well as it should. Find out what to expect.
Cholesterol And Children Written On ChalkboardCholesterol
Raised cholesterol levels early in life may play a role in the development of atherosclerosis (fatty plaque in arteries) in adulthood. Learn the recommended levels for children.
Man Holding NewbornCongenital Heart Defects
If your child is born with a heart defect today, the chances are better than ever that the problem can be overcome and a normal adult life will follow.
   
Family Outdoors With BikesDiGeorge Syndrome
A high percentage of children with DiGeorge syndrome, a genetic immune system disorder, are born with heart defects.
Family's Feet Around Heart In SandHeart Failure
Sometimes the heart of a child may not function properly. It's important to recognize how it's diagnosed, treated and even cured in younger children.
Girl Playing Airplane In FieldHeart Murmurs
A heart murmur is an abnormal sound in the heart caused by defective heart valves or holes in the heart walls. Innocent murmurs are common in children, and quite harmless.
 
   
Children Playing With dogHigh Blood Pressure
HBP isn’t just a disease for adults. Teens, children and even babies can have it. Treating it can be as easy as helping your child develop heart-healthy habits.
Close Up Of Baby's Feet In Adult HandsKawasaki Disease
This childhood illness can result in long-term heart complications. Learn the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for Kawasaki disease.
Child Sucking Thumb On Mother's Shoulder Rheumatic Fever
This inflammatory infection can occur after strep throat. Sometimes rheumatic fever affects the heart and can cause permanent damage.
Colorful Child Hand PrintsStroke
Stroke in infants and children presents unique challenges to parents. Find resources and read personal stories of young stroke survivors.

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Congenital Heart Defects

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Children and adults can be diagnosed with a heart defect occurring at birth. Learn about the types of defects and available treatment options.
Ask the Pediatric Cardiologist

Find answers to common questions about children and heart disease.