Our Heart Warriors

Signs & Symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects

When a child has a severe congenital heart defect, he or she usually will have signs and symptoms during the first few hours, or months after birth. Less complex defects may not show signs and symptoms for years. These signs and symptoms MAY be evidence of a heart defect in infants:

  • Blue coloring
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fast breathing
  • Poor weight gain
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Tiring easily during feeding

              Thanks to Children's Heart Federation for sharing this resource as well - Think HEART!


    These are the heart stories shared by our Mended Little Hearts of Chicago heart families. Click on child's photo to read their heart journey. If you'd like to share your heart story, please email: mtoth@mlhchicago.org
                                                                                                                             
                       Ryan                                                                                                        Avery                                                                               
Diagnosis: Transposition of the Great Arteries                             Diagnosis:Aortic Stenosis, Aortic Hypoplasia, ASD/VSD                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                         
                        Luke                                                                                                            Austin
      Diagnosis: Tetralogy of Fallot                                                              Diagnosis: Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome(HLHS)
                                                                            
                        Sofia                                                                                                          Rowan 
      Diagnosis: ASD/VSD Pulmonary Stenosis                                                 Diagnosis: Coarctation of the Aorta            
                      
                                                                                           
 Anthony                                                                                                                               Jassam
Diagnosis: DiGeorge/Truncus Arteriosus                                              Diagnosis: Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome(HLHS)
          

                                                                                              
                       Breanna                                                                                                            Josiah
Diagnosis: Tricuspid Atresia and Transposition of the Great Arteries                Diagnosis: Coarctation of the Aorta
                                                                                                       
                  Owen                                                                                                                    Evan
Diagnosis: Multiple Heart Defects/Awaiting Heart Transplant                                        Diagnosis: ASD/VSD
                                                             
                              Isaiah                                                                                                   Anthony
Diagnosis: TAPVR (Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venus Return)                        Diagnosis:ASD/Pulmonary Stenosis
                                                               
                           Faith                                                                                                        Jessi
Diagnosis: AV Canal (Atrioventricular Canal)                                    Diagnosis:Tricuspid Atresia, Severe Hypoplastic Right
                                                                                                                        
ASD,VSD, Mitral Regurgitation
    

   
                         
   
             
                         
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