Heart and Blood Conditions

Heart Failure Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of Heart Failure

The symptoms of heart failure can include:

  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • Poor feeding
  • Poor weight gain
  • Pain in the stomach area
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal heart rhythm

Your child's symptoms will be unique and may depend on how long they have had a heart problem.

Heart Failure Diagnosis

If the doctor thinks your child has symptoms of heart failure, your child may have one or more tests, depending on their condition:

  • A chest X-ray to see if the heart is enlarged
  • An EKG, or electrocardiogram, to check heart rhythm
  • An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, to look at the heart's structure and the way it is working
  • Exercise testing to check how well their heart and lungs are working
  • A heart catheterization study to get a more detailed look at the heart