What are the common symptoms of congenital heart defect (CHD)?

Symptoms of congenital heart defects may vary depending on the complexity and type of CHD one has. 
Signs and symptoms of more serious CHD usually develop soon after birth and include:
  • Cyanosis (bluish-gray skin, lips, and/or fingernail color)
  • Swelling in legs, abdomen, or areas around eyes
  • Rapid breathing 
  • Shortness of breath during feedings, leading to decreased/poor weight gain
  • Poor blood circulation
Symptoms of less severe congenital heart defects may not develop or be noticeable until later in one’s childhood. This may cause them to not be diagnosed right away. Signs and symptoms that may occur in older children include:
  • Shortness of breath during exercise/activity
  • Fainting during exercise/activity
  • Swelling in the hands, ankles, or feet
  • Easily tiring during activity/exercise 
* Often, heart defects cause heart murmurs. Heart murmurs can be heard using a stethoscope and usually sound like an extra/unusual sound during one’s heartbeat.*
congenital heart defect (CHD) symptoms

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  • “Congenital Heart Defects.” National Institutes of Health U.S. National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus, n.d. Web. 14 Sep. 2017. 
  • “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects?” National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 01 Jul. 2011. Web. 14 Sep. 2017. 


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