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Heart Conditions

A to Z Symptom: Chest Pain

Most causes of chest pain in kids and teens are not serious and will clear up with minimal or no treatment.

A to Z: Arteritis

Learn about conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels.

A to Z: Atresia

Learn about congenital defects and conditions that affect vessels, valves, and passages in the heart and other organs.

A to Z: Endocardial Cushion Defect

Learn about congenital heart defects and conditions that affect newborn babies.

A to Z: Hypertension, Intracranial

Learn about causes of vision loss and conditions that can affect the brain and nervous system.

A to Z: Periarteritis Nodosa

See Polyarteritis Nodosa.

A to Z: Polyarteritis Nodosa

Learn about polyarteritis nodosa (PAN), a rare disease causing inflammation of the blood vessels.

Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis means the aortic valve is too small, narrow, or stiff. Many people have no symptoms, but kids with more severe cases will need surgery so that blood flows properly through the body.

Arrhythmia (Abnormal Heartbeat)

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heartbeat usually caused by an electrical "short circuit" in the heart. Many are minor and not a health threat, but some can indicate a more serious problem.

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

Atrial septal defect (ASD) — also known as a "hole in the heart" — is a type of congenital heart defect. Most ASDs are diagnosed and treated successfully.