Right-to-left cardiac shunt; Right-to-left circulatory shunt
Some infants may need to stay in the hospital after birth so they can receive oxygen or be put on a breathing machine. They may receive medicines to:
- Get rid of extra fluids
- Help the heart pump harder
- Keep certain blood vessels open
- Treat abnormal heartbeats or rhythms
The treatment of choice for many congenital heart diseases is
Your child may need to take water pills (diuretics) and other heart medicines before or after surgery. Be sure to follow the correct dosage. Regular follow-up with your doctor is important.
Many children who have had heart surgery must take antibiotics before, and sometimes after having any dental work or other medical procedures. Make sure you have clear instructions from your child's heart doctor. It is very important to have your child's teeth cleaned regularly.
Ask your child's doctor before getting any immunizations. However, in general, your child should have a flu shot every year and keep up with all other immunizations.
Some patients may need a permanent pacemaker.
See the specific disorder. Some of these conditions may cause sudden death.
Complications of cyanotic heart disease include:
- Brain abscess
- Heart failure
Hemoptysis(coughing up blood)
- Impaired growth
- Infectious endocarditis
- Pulmonary hypertension
Cyanosis is a sign of
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if your baby has:
- Bluish skin (cyanosis) or grayish skin
- Breathing difficulty
- Chest pain or other pain
- Dizziness, fainting, or heart palpitations
- Feeding problems or reduced appetite
- Fever, nausea, or vomiting
- Puffy eyes or face
- Tiredness all the time