What Can We Learn From the Congenital Heart Defect?

Q:
What can we learn from the congenital heart defect?

A:
Congenital heart disease (congenital heart defect) is one or more abnormalities in your heart’s structure that you’re born with. This most common of birth defects can alter the way blood flows through your heart. Defects range from simple, which might cause no problems, to complex, which can cause life-threatening complications.

Symptoms of the congenital heart defect:

Some congenital heart defects cause no signs or symptoms. For some people, signs or symptoms occur later in life. They can recur years after you’ve had treatment for a heart defect.

Common congenital heart disease symptoms you might have as an adult include:

  •  Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
  •  A bluish tint to the skin, lips and fingernails (cyanosis)
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Tiring quickly upon exertion
  •  Swelling of body tissue or organs (edema)

Keywords: congenital heart defect; abnormalities; born with; complications; edema.

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