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Signs of CCHD usually appear in the first few weeks of life but may not be noticed until childhood. Symptoms include:

  • Bluish or purple skin (cyanosis).
  • Fast breathing (tachypnea).
  • Fast heart rate (tachycardia).
  • Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
  • Heart murmur (whooshing sound heard through a stethoscope when your heart beats).
  • Irritability or lethargy (lack of energy).
  • Low levels of oxygen in your body.
  • Slow weight gain.
  • Sweating or crying during feedings.
  • Trouble breathing when exercising in older children.
  • Weak pulse.
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