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The symptoms of a congenital heart defect depend on the type of heart defect and the child’s age.
Although a baby is born with a congenital heart defect, symptoms do not always appear immediately.
Specialists in our pediatric and fetal echocardiography laboratory are highly experienced in advanced cardiac imaging studies that identify pediatric heart defects.
An echocardiogram helps to evaluate the structure and function of the heart.
Decreased blood flow to the arms and legs may make a baby’s skin abnormally pale and cool.
In older children and adolescents, congenital heart defects may affect growth and development and produce weakness, fatigue, and shortness of breath during normal activities and exercise.A three-dimensional echocardiogram generates a precise view of the heart and how it works.It provides views of the heart from all sides, which allows for accurate measurement of the size, shape, and position of heart defects, such as a hole or valve defect.Symptoms in babies occur when the blood does not receive enough oxygen or the heart cannot pump efficiently.Symptoms often include: cyanosis, in which the skin appear bluish; fluid retention in the chest; a heart murmur, which the doctor can hear with a stethoscope; or an absent or rapid pulse.If your child is older, the doctor may ask you or your child about symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue during everyday activities or sports.