Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you or your child has a congenital heart defect or has had surgery to correct one, you might have some concerns about aftercare. Here are some issues you might be thinking about:

  • Preventing infection. For most people who have a patent ductus arteriosus, regularly brushing and flossing teeth and regular dental checkups are the best ways to help prevent infection.
  • Exercising and play. Parents of children who have congenital heart defects often worry about the risks of rough play and vigorous activity, even after successful treatment. Although some children might need to limit the amount or type of exercise, most people who have patent ductus arteriosus will lead normal lives. Your child's doctor can advise you about which activities are safe for your child.
Dec. 16, 2014