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What increases the chance of having a child with a heart defect?

There are several factors that might increase the risk of having a child with a congenital heart defect.

First, the risk of having a baby who suffers from a heart defect is higher in families where these defects are already present.

However, there are chances of having a child who suffers from such a defect even if the parents are not affected by these malformations.

Statistically, 8 in 1000 children are born with congenital heart defects, but most of these malformations are mild and do not pose serious risks to the child’s growth.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/