In-depth

Causes

Congenital heart defects in children

Heart disease

Heart disease, usually thought of as blockages in the arteries that can cause a heart attack, can describe any medical condition affecting your heart.

Symptoms

Shortness of breath

Tachycardia

Tachycardia, a rapid heart rate, is caused by an abnormality in your heart's electrical impulses. Tachycardia can cause serious complications, including sudden cardiac arrest.

Tests and diagnosis

Chest X-rays

CT scan

Echocardiogram

Electrocardiogram

June 17, 2016
References
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