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Symptoms

Many children born with atrial septal defects do not have any symptoms. Signs or symptoms may appear in adulthood.

Signs and symptoms of an atrial septal defect can include:

  • Shortness of breath, especially during training
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of the legs, feet, or abdomen
  • Rapid heartbeat or feeling of irregular heartbeats
  • Ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack
  • Migraines with or without aura
  • Heart murmur — a whistling sound that can be heard with a stethoscope

When to see a doctor

Consult your doctor if you or your child has:

  • Dyspnea
  • Rapid fatigue, especially after physical activity
  • Swelling of the legs, feet, or abdomen
  • Rapid heartbeat or feeling of irregular heartbeats
  • Was there an ischemic stroke or a transient ischemic attack
  • Migraines with or without aura