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Ventricular Septal Defect Symptoms Treatment

A heart murmur is usually present in ventricular septal defect (VSD) and may be the first and only sign of this defect. The heart murmur is often present right after birth in many infants, but it may not be heard until the baby is 6 to 8 weeks old.

Most newborns who have VSDs don’t have heart-related symptoms. However, a baby with a medium or large VSD can develop heart failure. Signs and symptoms of heart failure usually appear during the baby’s first 2 months of life. The signs and symptoms of heart failure from VSD are similar to ASD, but they occur in infancy.

The major sign of heart failure is difficulty feeding and poor growth. VSD symptoms are rare after infancy because the defect either decreases in size on its own or is repaired.