How to Tell If Your Child Has a Heart Defect?

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Serious congenital heart defects are usually diagnosed in infancy, but significant defects may be found anytime during childhood, teenage years or even in adulthood.

If your child shows any of the following symptoms that are commonly related to congenital heart defects, please consult your paediatric cardiologist for a proper diagnostic evaluation.

These include:
• Breathing difficulties
• Poor weight gain
• Frequent chest infections
• Blueness of the fingers, lips and tongue (cyanosis)

Simple tests such as a chest x-ray and ECG are normally done and usually a cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography) will confirm the diagnosis. Occasionally, an invasive test (cardiac catheterization) will be required to establish the diagnosis.

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