Children and adults with congenital heart disease can also develop a range of further problems, such as:
- problems with growth and development
- repeated respiratory tract infections (RTIs) – infections of the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs
- heart infection (endocarditis)
- pulmonary hypertension – raised blood pressure within the blood vessels that supply the lungs (pulmonary arteries)
- heart failure – where the heart is unable to efficiently pump enough blood around the body
Read more about the complications of congenital heart disease.