Diseases and Conditions

Ebstein anomaly


Mild Ebstein anomaly may not cause any complications.

However, possible complications of Ebstein anomaly include:

  • Heart failure
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Stroke

Taking a few precautions before playing sports or becoming pregnant may help prevent complications.

If your heart size is nearly normal and you have no heart rhythm disturbances, you can probably participate in most physical activities. Depending on your signs and symptoms, your doctor might recommend that you avoid certain competitive sports, such as football or basketball.

If you're planning on having a baby, talk to your doctor. Many women with mild Ebstein anomaly can safely have children. But pregnancy, labor and delivery put additional strain on your heart. Rarely, severe complications can develop that can cause death to mother or baby.

Together, you and your doctor can decide how much monitoring you need throughout pregnancy and childbirth. Sometimes, other treatments for your condition or symptoms may be recommended before you become pregnant.