Congenital heart defects
Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth. Congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart.
There are many types of congenital heart defects ranging from simple to very complex.
Signs and Symptoms
Many congenital heart defects have few or no symptoms.
Severe defects can cause symptoms, usually in newborn babies. These symptoms can include - Rapid breathing , a bluish tint to the skin, lips, and fingernails, tiredness, and poor blood circulation
Older children may get tired easily or may get short of breath during exercise or activity.
Symptoms of heart failure include Fatigue with exercise, Shortness of breath, a buildup of blood and fluid in the lungs and buildup of fluid in the feet, ankles, and legs
Serious heart defects are usually diagnosed while a baby is still in the womb or soon after birth. Some defects aren’t diagnosed until later in childhood, or even in adulthood.
Source: Portal Content Team