Symptoms & Signs
Infants with this condition usually don’t have any symptoms.
If symptoms do occur, they can include:
- Chest discomfort or pain
- Easy fatigue
- Failure to thrive
- Fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
Diagnosis & Tests
This condition is usually not diagnosed until later in life. It is usually diagnosed during tests for other heart diseases. However, the doctor may hear a heart murmur that will lead to the diagnosis with further testing.
Tests to determine the size of the fistula include:
- An x-ray of the heart using dye to see how well blood is flowing (angiogram)
- Passing a thin, flexible tube into the heart to examine the arteries (cardiac catheterization)
- Ultrasound exam of the heart (echocardiogram)
- Using magnets to create images of the heart (MRI)
Review Date : 2/5/2010
Reviewed By : Kurt R. Schumacher, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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