Symptoms of Interrupted Aortic Arch
Your baby will probably seem fine at birth. When their ductus arteriosus starts to close, within the first week of life, they will start to have symptoms because their blood is not flowing the way it should.
They may have symptoms like these:
- Trouble feeding
- Getting tired easily
- Working hard to breathe
- Fast heartbeat
- Bluish skin, lips or nail beds (cyanosis)
Interrupted Aortic Arch Diagnosis
To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child and ask for details about any symptoms your child has, their health history and your family health history.
Your child will need tests that provide more information about how their heart and nearby blood vessels look and work. These include electrocardiogram, echocardiography and pulse oximetry. They may also need cardiac catheterization.
Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.