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Is pulmonary hypertension always present in atrial septal defect?

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Dr. J Roberts
Dr. J Roberts answered
26 years experience in Vascular Surgery
No, but...: An ASD (v. Vsd) is much less associated w/ pulm HTN (> 50 mmhg). The degree of "shunting" through the defect needs to quantified via cardiac catheterization. Small ASD can now be closed via catheter=based techniques, but their are many caveats. Evaluation w/ both a interventional cardiologist and pulmonary expert is recommended...
Answered on Mar 9, 2015
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