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He’s a child, he plays and he gets tired… but don’t get tired, sometimes it can be a harbinger of dangerous diseases! Heart disease is one of them. Congenital heart disease is the most common group of heart diseases in children. Every year, more than 1 million babies in the world open their eyes to the world with congenital heart disease. Studies have shown that some of the congenital heart diseases are hereditary, while environmental factors can also lay the groundwork for the disease.

Turkey Medicals member and Pediatric Cardiologist Prof. Doctor. “Whether the baby in the womb has heart disease of pregnancy. it can be investigated using what we call fetal echocardiography. Therefore, regular examination during pregnancy should never be skipped,” she says.

Here we describe 5 important symptoms of rare congenital heart disease, to give important warnings and recommendations.

Chest Pain

One of most common symptoms is chest pain. Although it usually occurs in children due to non-cardiac causes such as the musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, digestive system, it can also lie under a hidden and serious heart disease. Chest pain associated with heart disease can be observed along with exercise, shortness of breath, rapid fatigue, bruising and rhythm problems. Although it often occurs with exertion, there can also be sharp pain during rest. Chest pain due to severe vascular strictures can lead to serious consequences that can also lead to fainting or death with exertion.

Inability To Gain Weight

It is one of the most important markers of heart failure, especially in infancy. A Normal healthy baby gains 15-30 grams of weight per day on average in the first 1 month, while a healthy baby he must have reached twice his birth weight per month and triple at the age of 1. Babies with congenital heart disease often lag behind in weight gain due to the inability to transport enough oxygen or nutrients to the tissues. This finding becomes much more important when it is accompanied by other signs of heart disease.


It is manifested by purplish discoloration, especially on the lips and inside the mouth. It can also be evident in nail beds. In infants, color changes that are around the lips and in the form of bluish vasculation under the skin are usually normal. Changes in color inside the mouth and on the inside of the lips or on the tongue, which are important because they will be difficult to notice according to the child’s skin color. It should not be confused with color changes at the ends of the hands and feet in children who are cold and do not eat well. Bruising sometimes increases in cases where the child spends effort, such as sucking and running. Children with long-term bruising can experience permanent bone disfigurements called Stick in the fingers and toes.


The heartbeat felt by the child or mother is defined as palpitations. Sometimes it depends on the heartbeat being faster than normal, sometimes slower. In some cases, irregular heartbeats are also felt. Often, for their fast beats, situations where parents express that the child is beating too fast to count the pulse indicate rhythm problems. In addition, fever, anemia and thyroid disorders can also cause increases in rhythm. But it should be distinguished by the heartbeat of adolescent children of psychogenic origin, which is associated with anxiety. If child complains of palpitations, be sure to take an ECG at Turkey JCI Hospitals to find out if there is an underlying rhythm disease.

Quick Fatigue

Rapid fatigue in children is one of the important signs of heart failure. In babies, it also manifests itself with the mother’s inability to suck well or gasping for breath when sucking. Sometimes it is seen that the baby has sweats on his forehead during the sucking effort. From time to time, he will also get tired while breathing. Babies with heart disease, who usually get tired quickly, cannot suck their mothers for more than 10 minutes.

Fatigue also manifests itself in the form of rapid breathing. Older children are tired faster than their peers during their daily activities and sometimes have to squat.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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