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

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