Congenital Heart Disease | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of congenital heart disease?

The symptoms depend on the type of heart problem. Many people have no symptoms.
Serious congenital heart problems may cause one or more of the following symptoms in newborns:

  • Fast breathing
  • A blue color to the skin, lips, and fingernails
  • Fatigue or poor feeding
  • Heart murmur (an extra sound, heard when a doctor listens to the heart)

In older children or adults, congenital heart problems may cause symptoms such as:

  • Heart murmur
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue during exercise


Caring for Infants with Congenital Heart Disease and Their Families by RB Saenz, M.D., DK Beebe, M.D., and LC Triplett, M.D. (American Family Physician April 01, 1999,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00