Children with Congenital Heart Defects May Have Developmental Disorders

Children born with a congenital heart defect should be screened for developmental disorders, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

Advanced medical care helps many infants born with a congenital heart defect. But “survivors with complex heart problems are at a greater risk for developmental issues compared to heart-healthy children, which may stem from the heart defect, an underlying genetic variation, medical treatments or the day-to-day psychological stress of living with an ongoing, serious disease,” states a news release from the AHA.

Poor social skills, speech and language problems as well as attention, behavior and emotional issues are some of the developmental disorders children with congenital heart defects may have, according to the scientific statement.

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