Congenital heart disease

Congenital heart diseases are related to heart defects that develop during pregnancy and are present at birth (congenital). Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting one of every 100 babies born in the United States. There are many different kinds of defects. They can affect blood flow to the lungs and body. Combinations of defects can create complicated conditions. All require careful diagnosis and management or treatment.

Caring for children with congenital heart disease

Babies with congenital heart problems at Children’s are treated by expert, experienced fetal and pediatric cardiologists who diagnose heart defects and manage the health of the child. Surgical repair is often required. Herma Heart Center surgeons are among the busiest in the country and include Wisconsin’s only board-certified congenital heart disease surgeons.

Our Herma Heart Center developed many of the practices standardly used worldwide for treating the rarest and most complex congenital heart defects. Learn more.