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what is an atrial septal defect?

Defect in wall

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An ASD is a defect (opening) in the wall (septum) that should form to separate the upper chambers of the heart.
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How bad is an atrial septal defect?

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It is variable, depending on the size of the opening and the amount of blood traveling across it. Sometimes they are diagnosed in childhood, others are picked up in adults. They are closed if the size is significant either surgically or using catheters. But if they are small they can be followed and monitored with echocardiograms.
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What exactly is atrial septal defect?

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An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a communication (hole) in the atrial septum (wall between top two chambers of the heart). It usually results in extra blood flowing through hole from left to right side resulting in eventual enlargement of the right side of the heart. This can take years to decades depending on size of defect. ASD closed with surgery or interventional cardiology (device closure).
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Dr. Jon Grischkan answered:

I have an atrial septal defect. Advise?

See a cardiologist

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This can be serious, as a blood clot from the lower legs can cross the ASD and cause a stroke.
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what is a secundum atrial septal defect?

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An atrial septal defect is a common congenital geart defect. It is a hole in the atrial septum - the wall between the left and right atrium. This lets blood flow from the left into right atrium (usually). If not caught at an early age, it results in excessive blood to right side of heart and lungs. Fixed with surgery (sutyred closed) or with a umbrella like device via cath.
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Is asd (atrial septal defect) hereditary?

Sometimes

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Sometimes it is hereditary
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What's it mean to have atrial septal defect?

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Depends on the size and the amount of blood it is allowing to leak from the left to the right heart chambers which in turn causes strain on the right heart. This can cause shortness of breath and arrhythmias. Patient with medium size defects may not have any problems until their middle age and patients with smaller defects can lead a full healthy life without even knowing it.
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What are the tests for atrial septal defect?

Echocardiogram

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Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart that can see if there is a hole between the 2 upper chambers of the heart (atrial septal defect). A cardiac catherization can also determine if ASD exist, but is invasive.
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What are the symptoms of atrial septal defect?

Shortness of breath.

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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.
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What does it mean to have atrial septal defect?

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An atrial septel defect is a hole or opening in the tissue that separates the left and right atrium. They are classified by location and named primum,secundum or patent foramen ovale. They can be observed or in some cases treated surgically to close them.
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