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What is the most common symptom or sign to lead a pediatrician to suspect?congenital heart disease?

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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Murmur: A noise the blood makes as it flows through a narrow opening, your doc may suspect chd if newborn is having trouble breathing or oxegenating his blood.
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Dr. Randolph Thomas
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Heart murmur: Auscultation of the heart and hearing a heart murmur is the most common thing that makes me suspect congenital heart disease. Fortunately, many of the serious cases are detected prior to birth with prenatal ultrasounds. That coupled with the advent of pulse oximetry screening of newborns will leave a little less for pediatricians to pick up on routine exams. But clinical exam is still important.
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Last updated Jun 29, 2013

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