How do you know if you have a congenital heart defect?

To diagnose congenital heart disease, your doctor will do a physical exam and listen to your heart with a stethoscope. Tests to diagnose or rule out congenital heart disease include:

  1. Electrocardiogram (ECG).
  2. Chest X-ray.
  3. Pulse oximetry.
  4. Echocardiogram.
  5. Transesophageal echocardiogram.
  6. Cardiac CT scan and MRI .

At what age is congenital heart disease begins?

A baby’s heart starts to develop at conception, but is completely formed by 8 weeks into the pregnancy. Congenital heart defects happen during this important first 8 weeks of the baby’s development.

What are the warning signs of heart disease?

Symptoms of heart disease in your blood vessels

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure and chest discomfort (angina)
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed.
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back.

How do you fix congenital heart disease?

Your child may need open-heart surgery or minimally invasive heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect. Heart transplant. If a serious heart defect can’t be repaired, a heart transplant may be needed.

How long do you live with congenital heart disease?

Survival. About 97% of babies born with a non-critical CHD are expected to survive to one year of age. About 95% of babies born with a non-critical CHD are expected to survive to 18 years of age. Thus, the population of people with CHDs is growing.

How are you tested for heart disease?


  1. Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). An ECG is a quick and painless test that records the electrical signals in your heart.
  2. Holter monitoring.
  3. Echocardiogram.
  4. Stress test.
  5. Cardiac catheterization.
  6. Cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan.
  7. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

When is heart defect detected pregnancy?

Diagnosis during pregnancy Congenital heart disease may initially be suspected during a routine ultrasound scan of the baby in the womb. Specialist ultrasound, called foetal echocardiography, will then be carried out at around 18 to 22 weeks of the pregnancy to try to confirm the exact diagnosis.

Is CHF a death sentence?

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a serious condition, but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. You may have to make some significant changes to your lifestyle going forward.

How do you know if your child has heart problems?

Signs and symptoms of heart defects

  1. blue colour around the lips and blue skin (cyanosis)
  2. difficulty feeding (especially becoming sweaty during feeds)
  3. shortness of breath.
  4. poor growth.
  5. pale skin.
  6. fatigue.

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