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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Common symptoms of double outlet right ventricle (DORV) in babies include:
In older children, symptoms may include:
If your newborn baby has a bluish tint to the skin or your young child has symptoms of a heart condition, your pediatrician will refer you to a pediatric cardiologist (heart doctor) for a full examination.
The cardiologist will listen to your baby’s heart and lungs to assess for a heart murmur — a noise heard through a stethoscope that is caused by the turbulence of blood flow. He or she will also measure the oxygen level in your baby’s blood. This examination will give the doctor an idea of the kind of heart problem your baby may have.
In some cases, signs of a congenital heart defect may be found by a routine prenatal ultrasound during pregnancy. If this is the case, a cardiac ultrasound of the baby in utero is usually the next step.
The doctor may also order one or more of the following tests to diagnose DORV and any related heart conditions:
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