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Congenital heart disease can have a range of symptoms, because the conditionrefers to several different types of heart defect.

Generalsigns of congenital heart disease can include:

  • excessive sweating
  • extreme tiredness and fatigue
  • poor feeding
  • rapid heartbeat
  • rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • a blue tinge to the skin (cyanosis)
  • clubbed fingernails

In more severe cases, these problems may develop shortly after birth. However, symptoms sometimes don'tdevelop until the teenage years or early adulthood.



Children and adults with congenital heart disease can also develop a range of further problems, such as:

  • problems with growth and development
  • repeated respiratory tract infections (RTIs) infections of the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs
  • heart infection ( endocarditis )
  • pulmonary hypertension raised blood pressure within the blood vessels that supply the lungs (pulmonary arteries)
  • heart failure where the heart is unable to efficiently pump enough blood around the body


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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Nov 2016