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Does atrial septal defects always have noticeable symptoms?

Does atrial septal defects always have noticeable symptoms?

Possibly: It depends on the size of the ASD and the age of the patient. A large ASD in a 12 year old could certainly lead to decreased exercise tolerance for example. If its you kokii1 (age 30) i would say certainly if it is large enough. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atrial septal defect?

What are the symptoms of atrial septal defect?

Shortness of breath.: Many asds are asymptomatic, but when patients have symptoms, it's usually shortness of breath and exercise intolerance. If the ASD has been present for many years, it may cause an abnormal heart rhythm as well as lung injury. ...Read more

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What options for getting an atrial septal defect repaired in an adult?

What options for getting an atrial septal defect repaired in an adult?

Cath or surgery: A lot of asd's can be closed by trans catheter approach. Occasionally (if thery are so large with no rims) need cardiac surgery. ...Read more

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Is exercise dangerous for atrial septal defect]?

Is exercise dangerous for atrial septal defect]?

Cardiac exercises: No it shouldn't be if you speak to your cardiologist to find out what your limitations are. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to treat atrial septal defect?

Two choices: Depending upon the characteristics of the defect; there are 2 ways to close an atrial septal defect. The traditional approach has been surgery with a success rate of nearly 100%; however there is a risk of arrhythmia and effusion. More recently, catheter delivered closure devices have been used for select patients.. The overall success rate is about 98% and the risk of complications is lower. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have an atrial septal defect if i'm a 32 year old women?

See a cardiologist: There are some potential problems for anyone with an ASD in adulthood & hopefully you have access to a cardiologist. Small defects can often be closed today thru a catheter by an interventional cardiologist. Disorders in heart rhythm and or other problems may need attention. Call your pcp discuss your options. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with an atrial septal defect?

What are the symptoms associated with an atrial septal defect?

Often none: Even patients with large asds often have no symptoms until later in life. Some young children with large asds get respiratory infections more commonly. As patients age, they can have symptoms of right heart failure (decreased energy, large liver, swollen ankles), rhythm abnormalities or cyanosis (turning blue from not enough blood getting to the lungs). We try to treat asds before symptoms develop. ...Read more

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Help please! is asd (atrial septal defect) a hereditary condition?

Help please! is asd (atrial septal defect) a hereditary condition?

Yes (in a sense): We are only just beginning to understand the genetics of congenital heart disease (chd). There are some specific genetic syndrome associated with asds. In addition, simply having an ASD does impart an increased risk--though small--of having children with chd. So yes, having chd is heritable, but in a multifactorial way (i.e. Not a single gene defect in many cases). ...Read more

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