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Symptoms of Double Outlet Right Ventricle

A wide range of heart problems fit into the category of double outlet right ventricle. Symptoms will vary from one kind of double outlet right ventricle to another, depending on how the blood moves through and out of the heart.

In many patients, double outlet right ventricle allows oxygen-poor (blue) blood to leave the right ventricle through the aorta and get pumped out to your child’s body. So this heart defect causes symptoms linked to lower-than-normal oxygen supply. Your child may appear to have bluish skin, for example.

Also, in children with double outlet right ventricle, the lungs may get more blood than usual. This can cause your baby to breathe very fast or work hard to breathe. It may result in high blood pressure in the lungs and cause heart failure.

Your child may have symptoms like these:

  • Bluish skin, lips or nailbeds (cyanosis) or pale skin
  • Trouble feeding
  • Failure to thrive
  • Fast breathing or working hard to breathe
  • Sweating more than normal

Double Outlet Right Ventricle Diagnosis

To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child, check their heartbeat and listen to their heart. In children with double outlet right ventricle, doctors might be able to hear a heart murmur – the sound of blood moving in the heart in a way that’s not normal.

The doctor will ask for details about your child’s symptoms, their health history and your family health history.

Your child will also need tests that provide more information about how their heart looks and works. These will most likely include an echocardiogram, chest X-rays, and an electrocardiogram . Your child may need other tests that provide more information about how their heart looks and works. These tests might include an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT (computed tomography) scan of the heart and cardiac catheterization.

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Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.

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