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What is considered the number one way or treatment for congenital heart defects or "hole in heart"?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: Depends on the defect, but in most if not all, it would require a surgical intervention to patch it. The urgency depends on the type of defect, age and overall condition at the time of diagnosis.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
There are several possible" holes in the heart", although they are all closed with some type of patch, it's not that simple. Which hole and when depends on several factors. The timing depends on type,location,degree of shunting,failure to thrive, reversibility of pulmonary hypertension and condition of the infant.
Mar 9, 2012
Dr. Lars Erickson
Pediatrics 37 years experience
It depends: About 1% of all children have some form of congenital heart disease, many of which are "holes" or defects between chambers. Most of these are very minor and require no treatment. Many close by themselves over time. A small fraction of the larger defects require repair, which can require open heart surgery or (more and more often) closure using a catheter (tube) inserted through a blood vessel.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Ped.Cardiologist: Need to undergo a complete evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist to determine the specific nature of the congenital heart defect. Only then a rational specific recomendation can be advised. It is not just a "hole in the heart", it is not that simple. There are many possible "holes in the heart" and associated additional abnormalities that are to taken into consideration for recomendation.

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What is the best? Treatment for congenital heart defects or "holes in heart"?

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Dr. Helaine Levine
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on where: Holes in the heart are defects in the walls separating the upper chambers or lower chambers. Some will close on their own, some will stay open but are not associated with pathology and some need surgical correction.

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