Symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital heart defects may be discovered before birth, right after birth, during childhood, or not until adulthood at times. It is possible to have a defect and no symptoms at all. Sometimes it can be diagnosed because of a heart murmur on physical exam or an not normal EKG/ECG or chest X-ray in people with no symptoms.
In adults, if symptoms of congenital heart disease are present, they may include:
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Limited ability physic exercise.
  • Symptoms of heart failure (read related symptoms) or valve disease (read related symptoms).
Congenital Heart Defects in Infants and Children
Symptoms of congenital heart defects in infants and children may include:
  • Cyanosis (a bluish tint to the skin, fingernails, and lips).
  • Fast breathing and poor consuming.
  • Poor weight gain.
  • Recurrent lung infections.
  • Not able to exercise.