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Congenital heart disease

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

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

General signs of congenital heart disease can include:

In more severe cases, these problems may develop shortly after birth. However, symptoms sometimes don't develop until the teenage years or early adulthood.

Read more about the types of congenital heart disease.

Complications

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)¬†‚Ästinfections of the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs
  • heart infection (endocarditis)
  • pulmonary hypertension¬†‚Ästraised blood pressure within the blood vessels that supply the lungs (pulmonary arteries)
  • heart failure¬†‚Ästwhere the heart is unable to efficiently pump enough blood around the body

Read more about the complications of congenital heart disease.

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