What noticeable signs are there of a congenital heart defect? What is the usual cause?

Blueish color murmur. Decreased oxygen saturation tends to render a purplish/blueish hue to the lips and/or digits in cases of complex congenital cardiac defects. Additionally, heart murmurs and symptoms of weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness with exercise can all be seen with such defects. Consult with a pediatric cardiologist and cardiovascular surgeon for repair/management.

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What can cause a fever in a child with a congenital heart defect?

Same as others. Children in general are prone to recurrent viral infections, regardless of their cardiac status. If otherwise healthy and not recently post-op, common causes of fever should be considered. Fevers that develop while hospitalized for cardiac conditions are far more concerning and different than those found in the general population. . Read more...

What athe most common congenital heart defects?

ASD and VSD. Atrial and ventricular septal defects are generally considered the most common forms of congenital heart disease. There are some differences based on geographic location, sex, and race as well, but ASDs and VSDs are generally most common among all human beings. Read more...

The most common cyanotic congenital heart defect is what?

Tetralogy of Fallot. Tof- ventricular septal defect, (vsd, hole between the right and left ventricles), narrowing of the pulmonary outflow tract (the valve and artery that connect the heart with the lungs), overriding aorta (the artery that carries oxygen-rich blood to the body) shifted over the right ventricle and vsd instead of coming out only from the left ventricle, and thickened right ventricle. Read more...
ToF/TGA. As other's mentioned, Tetralogy of Fallot is the most common form of cyanotic congenital heart disease in the US overall/after infancy. In some regions, transposition of the great arteries is the most common in the newborn period. Read more...

What are some signs of congenital heart defects?

Many. Shortness of breath, dusky appearance & arryrhythimias can all be signs amongst others. Get an echocardiogram and consult with an age appropriate cardiologist. Read more...
Lots of symptoms. Can be related to chd. Rhythm problems, dizziness, fainting, water accumulation in legs or torso, difficulty breathing, nightly cough, weakness..... And lots more. Read more...

Are there any known causes of congenital heart defects?

Some causes. Heredity some families have more than one generation with defects. Congenital syndromes such as Down syndrome, Holt-Oram, Trisomies 13 and 18. Smoking and alcohol abuse during pregnancy have been associated with heart defects. In most instances cause of heart defect not known. Read more...

What are the imaging signs and symptoms of congenital heart defects?

Depends. It depends on the defect but ekg and echo will pick up almost all. The specific signs and symptoms depend entirely on what the defect is. Many have no symptoms or symptoms that only develop later in life. Read more...
Echo and cath. . From an imaging standpoint, an echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization would give the most definitive answers for a congenital heart defect. These studies can define the anatomy and function so decisions can be made regarding therapy. Read more...