Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart disease (CHD) refers to a diverse grouping of heart defects, including acyanotic (left-

to-right shunt) lesions, cyanotic (right-to-left shunt) lesions, and obstructive lesions (see Table 21-1). The clinical effects of these disorders can differ significantly between and within the diagnostic groupings. Whereas some children affected by CHD display only subtle symptomatology with few consequences, others can face reduced physical functioning, extended hospital stays, repeated surgical interventions, and even death.

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