Adults aren’t the only ones who can have heart problems. Many heart and circulatory system conditions affect fetuses, babies, children, and teens. Most children suffering from a heart condition are born with a congenital heart defect (when their heart didn’t develop normally or completely in the early weeks of pregnancy).

Although congenital heart disease represents the most common major birth defect, scientists have not yet identified the common variation in the genes that give rise to it. Better knowledge of the molecular basis of heart disease may eventually lead to improved care by allowing doctors to tailor treatment based on the patient’s genetic code.

 

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