What Health Problems Do People With Down Syndrome Face?

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Some of the major health concerns people with Down syndrome may face are an increase in heart problems, thyroid concerns, and sleep apnea.

People with Down syndrome may face unique health complications beyond typical illnesses. Problems such as some congenital malformations of the heart can be life-threatening (although they can be surgically repaired), whereas other conditions are not as serious. No individual with Down syndrome will have all these potential health complications, however, every child needs good preventative medical care. Teamwork between the family and doctors is vital to anticipate potential problems, and provide specific and individual treatment throughout their life, should they occur. Appropriate health care can greatly enhance the potential and life of individuals with Down syndrome.

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