Symptoms or signs of congenital heart disease may not show up until later in life. They may recur years after you've had treatment for a heart defect. Some typical congenital heart disease symptoms you may have as an adult include:

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

When to see a doctor

If you have any of the signs or symptoms of congenital heart disease, make an appointment to see your doctor. If you have chest pain or severe shortness of breath, seek emergency medical attention.

May. 13, 2011