Link between congenital heart disease and neurodevelopment issues in children found

Scientists have confirmed the role of a set of gene mutations in the development of congenital heart disease and simultaneously discovered a link between them and some neurodevelopmental abnormalities in children. These abnormalities include cognitive, motor, social, and language impairments.

“The risk of developing neurodevelopmental disabilities is so high when these particular gene mutations are present that we might consider testing for them in all patients with congenital heart disease.”

Jonathan R. Kaltman, M.D., Study Investigator and Program Administrator of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Bench to Bassinet Program

“The risk of developing neurodevelopmental disabilities is so high when these particular gene mutations are present that we might consider testing for them in all patients with congenital heart disease,” said Jonathan R. Kaltman, M.D., a study investigator and program administrator of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Bench to Bassinet Program, which funded the study. Dr. Kaltman noted that the findings from the study would have to be replicated and refined before a clinical test could be available. NHLBI is part of the National Institutes of Health.”

Per NIH press release

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