Symptoms of Heart defects

Symptoms of Heart defects 








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Symptoms of Heart defects
Posted in 2015

Symptoms of heart defects
Heart problems may cause a variety of symptoms in babies, including:
  • Shortness of breath – this might be due to a build-up of fluid in the lungs.
  • Difficulty feeding – this may occur because the baby is having trouble breathing.
  • Blue lips and skin – some heart defects can lead to mixing of blue (oxygen depleted) blood from the veins and the red (oxygen rich) blood from the lungs. This may produce a bluish colour of the lips and skin, called ‘cyanosis’.

Five common heart defects

Some common congenital heart defects include:
  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Transposition of the great vessels
  • Coarctation of aorta
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Ventricular septal defect

Ventricular septal defect is the most common congenital heart defect in Victoria. The incidence is around one in every 344 births. 

The ventricles are the two lower pumping chambers of the heart. Ventricular septal defect means there is a hole in the wall between the ventricles. This hole lets oxygenated and de oxygenated blood mix.

In a child with this condition, the heart has to work much harder than normal, and may enlarge. Symptoms include breathlessness, difficulty feeding, increased heart rate and failure to grow at the expected rate. Depending on the severity of the condition, the child may develop congestive heart failure and have an increased risk of developing pneumonia. 

My advise
1...  If any child born with above symptoms it may be heart defect
2...  I advise every couple to follow healthy habits to avoid heart defected child birth
3..   Practice deep breathing
4...  Avoid oily, spicy, heavy food during your pregnancy
5...  Eat healthy food which will digest in minimum time so that sufficient oxygen is supplied to develop heart cells of your child before birth

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