How Do I Know If My Child Is Suffering from Heart Disease?

Acquiring Heart DiseaseHow Do I Know If My Child Is Suffering from Heart Disease?

The more serious the congenital heart defect, the more likely that it is evident as soon as the child is born or in the first few months of life. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms that may suggest a serious condition and report them immediately:

  • Pale or bluish tint to the skin, nail beds, and lips
  • Poor weight gain
  • Shortness of breath and fatigue while eating
  • Rapid breathing or grunting while breathing
  • Flared nostrils
  • Sweating, particularly on the head
  • Swelling in the extremities or around the eyes
  • Signs of dehydration: dark urine, dry eyes and mouth
  • Passing out

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease in Older Children:

  • Unable to keep up with other children
  • Easily short of breath during activity
  • Swelling in extremities
  • Sweat easily
  • Dizziness or chest pain with exercise
  • Passing out

While some of these symptoms may not be associated with heart disease, we encourage you to report them to your primary doctor.

Dr. Sripadh and his multidisciplinary team of Pediatric Cardiac specialists at Health City Cayman Islands see many little patients who present with the symptoms listed above, and utilize the latest and least invasive procedures to correctly diagnose the condition. If your child is diagnosed with a heart condition, the HCCI team will work with you to decide on the best course of treatment.

Providing exceptional and affordable care to children is integral to the spirit of Health City as we believe that every child deserves to live a long and healthy life.

For More Information:

Health City Pediatric Cardiology

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