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Septostomy is a procedure similar to an amniocentesis that may be performed on a woman who is carrying twins. A needle is placed into the uterus under ultrasound guidance and a hole is made in the membranes between the two babies. This allows the amniotic fluid pressure to become more equal on both ...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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Is exercise dangerous for atrial septal defect]?

Is exercise dangerous for atrial septal defect]?

Likely Not: Exercise is beneficial for nearly everyone. The only exception may be if you have other conditions, pulmonary hypertension, or a history of blood clots. In general, exercise is a good thing. But again, please discuss your specific risks with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen. ...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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How often do adults get diagnosed with an atrial septal defect that wasn't found as a child?

Not sure: About 1 in 4 people have a pfo, a patent foramen ovale, or small opening between the atria. In most people, this is not significant, but in some it can result in tias - transient ischemic attacks - or even strokes and must be treated medically or surgically. ...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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