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Congenital Heart Disease

Alternate Names : Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital Heart Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Symptoms of CHD can be present at birth or in early infancy or may only develop later in life. Symptoms depend on the type and severity of the defect. Examples of symptoms and signs of CHD include:

  • an abnormal blue color to the skin, called cyanosis, which occurs when there is not enough oxygen in the blood
  • abnormal heart sounds, called murmurs, heard by the healthcare provider with a stethoscope during examination
  • abnormally low or high blood pressure
  • breathing trouble, including shortness of breath
  • congestive heart failure
  • failure to grow and develop, known as failure to thrive
  • fluid collection in the lungs, known as pulmonary edema

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    Congenital Heart Disease: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Eric Berlin, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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