Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which Doctor would Diagnose Cyanotic Heart Disease?

Your obstetrician or the child’s pediatrician would diagnose and treat cyanotic heart disease. If the problem is significant, they may refer your child to a pediatric cardiologist.

2. How Can I Tell if my Baby or Child has a Cyanotic Heart Defect?

Some babies display the symptoms of cyanotic heart disease right after birth while in others the problem may appear after few months. Blue outer appearance, breathing difficulties, feeding problems or poor weight gain might be some of the symptoms. Your doctor can diagnose it on a routine medical check-up or may recommend some additional tests on the baby to confirm if the baby has any heart defects. Heart murmurs in children are generally normal, but some may be due to defects.

3. Are all Heart Disease(s) in Babies/children Congenital?

No, not necessarily, but most of them are congenital. Some heart diseases may occur during childhood such as heart damage due to infection, examples include Kawasaki disease and rheumatic fever. Children also can be born with or develop irregular heartbeats, which is medically known as arrhythmia.

4. Can my Child with Cyanotic Heart Disease Participate in all Physical Activities?

Most of the children with cyanotic heart disease are fully active and usually do not need any restriction of activities. Physical activities such as swimming, cycling and running is generally encouraged in these kids. Strenuous playing activities or competitive sports are sometimes restricted in some children based on the severity of the disease.

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