Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Signs and Symptoms


Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of adult congenital heart defects?

Adults with congenital heart conditions often tell doctors that they suffer from shortness of breath and have an unusual amount of trouble exercising.

Other signs to look for include:

  • Cyanosis, which causes a blue tone to the skin
  • Fainting
  • Abnormal swelling in parts of the body

Some adults report no symptoms at all. If you suspect you may have a congenital heart defect, you should discuss this with your primary care doctor. He or she will do an initial exam and refer you to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program if necessary.