Sign and Symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects

    In a Newborn, congenital heart defects may have a few or no symptoms at all. However, this all depends on the number, type of defects and severity. The defect may not be detected during a physical examination.

    Severe defects can cause the following signs and symptoms:

    • Poor feeding
    • Fast or difficult breathing
    • Tiredness
    • Poor blood circulation
    • Cyanosis (a bluish tint to the skin, lips and fingernails)

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    CHD don’t cause chest pains or other painful symptoms

    In Older Children, severe defects can cause the following signs and symptoms
    • Shortness of breath
    • A buildup of blood and fluid in the lungs
    • Tiredness with exercise
    • A buildup of fluid in the feet, ankles and legs