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Ventricular Septal Defect

Ventricular Septal Defect - Symptoms

The symptoms of ventricular septal defect (VSD) may or may not present at birth depending on the size of the hole. If the defect is small, the baby might only show symptoms when they are older or not at all. However, a large defect may cause the baby to experience the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath or quick breathing
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue while eating or playing 
  • Poor appetite or weight gain

Some people with VSD may enter adulthood without knowing about their condition. Adults can also develop VSD due to complications from a previous heart attack or heart procedure, though this is rare. As such, you will need a visit to your doctor as early as possible if you develop the following symptoms:

  • Breathlessness
  • Palpitations (abnormal sensation of the heart beating) 
  • Lower limb swelling 
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Giddiness 
  • Chest pain

Ventricular Septal Defect - Preparing for surgery

Ventricular Septal Defect - Post-surgery care

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