A congenital heart defect, or disease, is a problem with the structure of the heart that you are born with. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defects observed. The most common type of Heart defects involves the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart, arteries, and veins around the heart. They can disturb the normal blood flow of the heart. Heart defects may range from simple, which might cause no problems, to complex, which can cause life-threatening complications. Because of advancement in diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, more babies are surviving and now many adults are living with congenital heart defects and may require heart transplantation.

Signs and Symptoms

Some of the Congenital heart defects cause no signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms will differ based on the type of congenital heart defect. Few common symptoms of the defects include:

  • Rapid Breathing
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Swelling of the legs, tummy or around the eyes
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • A blue tinge to the skin
  • Poor blood circulation

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