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What are symptoms of congenital heart disease?

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It’s possible for you to have a heart-related birth defect and not have symptoms. If you do, they can include:

The symptoms of congenital heart disease in infants and children may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Problems with exercise
  • A bluish tint to the skin, fingernails, and lips (doctors call this cyanosis, a condition caused by a lack of oxygenated blood)
  • Fast breathing and poor feeding
  • Poor weight gain
  • Lung infections
  • An inability to exercise

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association.

CDC: "Facts About Congenital Heart Defects."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Endocarditis."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 24, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association.

CDC: "Facts About Congenital Heart Defects."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Endocarditis."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 24, 2017

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