What symptoms does someone with congenital heart disease always have?

Vary. This very much depends upon what type of congenital heart disease a patient has and how it behaves it that particular individual. The same form of congenital heart disease such can produce minimal or no symptoms in one patient and can produce symptoms of heart failure in another.
Dusky. Most congenital heart disease is accompanied by a dusky appearance, because blood from the right side of the heart (blue beacuase of low oxygen) mixes with blood from the left side (red because it is saturated with oxygen). Also, increase respiratory rate can accomany congenital heart disease because many of these heart malformations cause the lungs to flood with fluid.

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Are the symptoms of congenital heart disease bad?

It depends on defect. It depends on what kind of defect it is. Some defects have no symptoms, some have mild symptoms such as faster breathing, difficulty eating, increased sweating while feeding. And some defects are life threatening causing low oxygen levels in your body and without surgery or other type of intervention within hours of delivery may be lethal. Read more...
Congenital heart . Not always , it varies from no symptoms to reason for dying with significant symptoms in first days of life, depends on type of defect . Read more...

Circulation and complex congenital heart disease: what symptoms would be most prominent?

Varies. Murmur cyanosis ( blue finger nails, lips) shortness of breath chest pressure frequent pulmonary infections buildup of fluid in legs maybe lung there are many symptoms depending on the disorder. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

What does congenital heart disease mean?

Born with it. Congenital heart disease is a general term given to people who are born with a heart problem(s). Around 25% of the people with congenital heart disease are considered critical and require surgery or catheter intervention within the first year of life. Read more...
Risk for babies. Many young women who had congenital heart disease (heart defect at birth) are having babies themselves now. A couple with a history of any type of congenital heart abnormality should ask for consultation with and fetal echo ultrasound study by mfm (maternal-fetal) or pediatric cardiology subspecialist. The fetus has an increased chance for heart defect which can differ from another in the family. Read more...
Defect at birth. Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart's structure and/or function that is present at birth.It is the most common type of birth defect, and causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Treatment depends upon the condition, some require no treatment, others need critical intervention to survive. It affects 8-10 of each 1000 births. Read more...

Can you die from congenital heart disease?

Yes. Yes. There are several heart defects that you may die from if you are affected. Usually that happens early in life. Many of the defects can be corrected surgically, but not all of them and sometimes despite correction they do not have good prognosis. I would refer you for the list of such conditions to pediatric cardiologist since science in this area is changing constantly. Read more...

What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

Multiple. Congenital heart defects are a collection of issues that could be devastating early or of almost no consequence even in the long. As there are a variety of maladies, the causes are multiple as well. Environmental factors, genetic abnormalities in either of the parents and a combination of these factors lead to congenital heart defects. Read more...
?????? The most common cause is that we have no direct cause for congenital heart defects. They can be associated with certain genetic conditions such as down's syndrome. I also think in my distant memory that there are some that can be drug/chemically induced. Read more...

What are the tests for congenital heart disease?

Ultrasound, EKG. An echo and ultrasound will pick up nearly all. Further testing may be indicated in specific cases. Read more...