Diagnosis of Heart Disease in Babies is Increasingly Common


Heart diseases, which rank first among the causes of death in the world and in our country, are also diagnosed more in newborns and infants. So much so that today, approximately one out of every 100 babies are born with congenital heart disease.

Thanks to the developing diagnosis, treatment and follow-up methods, the possibility of correct diagnosis and approach to heart disease during pregnancy and as soon as birth increases. Acıbadem Bakırköy Hospital Pediatric Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Canan Ayabakan stated that congenital heart diseases are seen with a frequency similar to the world in our country, “Genetic factors, some infections during pregnancy, smoking, drug use, toxic substances exposed during pregnancy, and chronic diseases of the mother are among the factors that can cause congenital heart disease. The disease is sometimes mild, asymptomatic, and symptoms may occur as the child grows up. Sometimes it shows symptoms right after birth. For this reason, families should be very careful against cardiovascular diseases, especially in newborns, ie within the first 4 weeks after birth and in babies, ”he says. Pediatric Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Canan Ayabakan talked about the symptoms that indicate heart diseases in newborns and babies; made important warnings and suggestions.


Bruising indicates that the body is being supplied with low-oxygen blood. The appearance of purple discoloration in the tongue, mouth, lips and nails may indicate heart disease. The bruising can be apparent when the baby cries, or it can occur continuously and when not crying. However, it is necessary to distinguish this bruising from the bruising on the lips and nails when the baby is cold. Generally, the distinctive point is bruising on the tongue and inside the mouth, and this is likely to be from heart disease, not from cold.

Rapid breathing

Apart from bruising, rapid breathing of the baby may indicate heart disease. Since the frequency of their breathing can be better noticed when they are asleep or calm, it is important for parents to observe their baby while sleeping and to consult a pediatric cardiologist in any unusual situation.

Excessive sweating

One of the signs indicating the importance of congenital heart disease in newborns and babies is excessive sweating. Although the temperature of the environment is normal, the newborn and baby sweat while sucking the mother or the bottle; Stopping sucking due to tiredness, being sleepless and restless, not gaining enough weight, being sick frequently (especially having pneumonia or bronchitis) may be important symptoms for heart disease. If one or more of these findings are present, the baby should be evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist.

in treatment zamThe moment is critical!

Most of the congenital heart diseases are treated with surgery and zamEmphasizing that it is critical not to lose a moment, Pediatric Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Canan Ayabakan “Usually corrective surgeries are performed as early as possible. zamIt is preferable to do it at the same time. But some complex diseases require gradual operations. In critical illness zamThe moment is very important and the patient can be lost if not intervened in a short time after birth. In this case, the baby should be diagnosed before birth in order to quickly plan the intervention and to keep the baby in the best condition until the procedure. zamsaves time. Some balloon/stent interventions with the catheter method in the early neonatal period also prepare the baby for the next stages. In some heart diseases, the treatment can be applied with the catheter method without the need for surgery.

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