A ventricular septal defect is an abnormal hole in the wall that divides the two upper chambers in the heart, and it can cause mild to life-threatening symptoms. It is the most common type of congenital heart defect.
Congenital heart disease, the most common birth defect, refers to structural problems with a baby’s heart or major blood vessels.
An atrial septal defect is a congenital heart defect. Specifically it's a hole in the wall that divides the two upper chambers of the heart.
Yale Medicine surgeons are widely recognized for innovation and expertise in the surgical treatment of pediatric congenital heart defects.
Adult congenital heart programs provide an opportunity for young patients to make a smooth transition from pediatric to adult care, so they don't fall into the 40 to 60 percent of congenital heart patients who experience a gap in specialized care.
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a congenital heart defect that can affect blood flow, is most common in babies born prematurely.