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What does it mean if my child has atrial septal defect?

What does it mean if my child has atrial septal defect?

Hole in wall: You have 2 upper chambers in the heart & 2 lower.An atrial septal defect is a hole in the wall between the upper chambers. It is under less pressure than the lower chambers so it often causes no obvious problems early on. Most are closed using various methods before school age. ...Read more

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

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 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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What is the definition or description of: atrial septal defect repair?

What is the definition or description of: atrial septal defect repair?

Close hole in heart: An atrial septal defect is a congenital defect of the heart. A hole in the wall between the left and right atria permits blood to mix. There are several types of asd's and depending on the type and size they can either be closed with closure device placed thru the veins or by heart surgery (often minimally invasive surgery). ...Read more

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Please tell me what is the safest atrial septal defect closure method?

Please tell me what is the safest atrial septal defect closure method?

Surgery: While there are multiple methods available, the best long and short term results are with surgery. Direct or patch closure of the defect is safe, reproducible, and durable. ...Read more

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Is an atrial septal defect repair surgery dangerous?

Heart surgery risk: All open heart surgery is dangerous. Many asds are now closed without surgery, using a catheter placed in a leg vein. ...Read more

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Atrial septal defect, how frequently should I see a specialist?

It depends: If you have not already, you will need at least an echocardiogram (sound wave test) to look at the size of the defect and the function of the chambers. The size, the amount and direction of flow going across the defect, and whether or not you have add transient or permanent strokes are the most common issues evaluated in determining whether such a defect needs to be closed. ...Read more

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Is atrial septal defect the same thing as patent ductus?

Is atrial septal defect the same thing as patent ductus?

ASD vs patent ductus: These are not the same thing, an atrial septal defect, or asd, is an opening in the tissue separating the left and right atrium. The ductus arteriosos is a structure present in fetus which allows blood to bypass the lungs and go to the placenta, this usually closes at delivery but can be closed surgically if needed. Often doctors use medications to close it after delivery. ...Read more

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How is the mechanism of easily fatique in atrial septal defect?

Pulmonary Congestion: With advancing age and decreased left ventricular compliance, there is an increase in left to right shunt across the defect with increase in pulmonary congestion (increased blood flow to the lungs) and this may cause symptoms. Also atrial arrhythmias, right ventricular volume overload, and pulmonary hypertension may contribute to symptoms, usually in advanced age. ...Read more

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What are the chances of passing an atrial septal defect from a parent to a child?

What are the chances of passing an atrial septal defect from a parent to a child?

Very low: An asd, as well as most heart defects, are not hereditary traits that are passed on from parent to offspring. ...Read more

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My baby was diagnosed with both atrial septal defect and forearm patent ovale. What is prognosis?

My baby was diagnosed with both atrial septal defect and forearm patent ovale. What is prognosis?

Pretty good: Atrial septal Defect=hole between the upper chambers, Patent foramen ovale= normal opening between the upper chambers that usually closes after birth.The ASD can vary in size while the PFO is usually smaller. This defect may or may not produce symptoms. It is often closed on a non urgent basis before school age. Small ones can be closed through a catheter. The doc can be more specific. ...Read more

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Would a small atrial septal defect cause a murmur? Or does it usually have to be a certain size to cause murmur?

Would a small atrial septal defect cause a murmur? Or does it usually have to be a certain size to cause murmur?

It can: Murmurs occur when blood flows turbulently from one area to another area. If the pressure between the two atria is different, blood can flow through even a small defect from one side to the other. In fact, small defects often cause louder murmurs because the blood going through a smaller hole is noisier than through a big hole. ...Read more

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What is atrial septal defect? someone here mentioned it when i asked about low oxygen levels, mine was 89 when they checked it the other day,

What is atrial septal defect? someone here mentioned it when i asked about low oxygen levels, mine was 89 when they checked it the other day,

See below: Atrial septal defect, as the name implies, is a gap in the wall separating the upper chambers of the heart. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atrial-septal-defect/basics/definition/con-20027034 ...Read more

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I'm 34 & have a small/moderate atrial septal defect. Do these defects always get worse over time? My doc says my defect is "borderline" for closure.

Worrisome finding: As a pediatrician i try to make sure i identify these early & most will be repaired by school age. A local associates wife had a mild stroke from a clot that slipped through one at 38, so i'm sensitive to the issue. Small defects can often be closed through a catheter with a special umbrella like device & i would wonder why you've not had this done already. ...Read more

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Could an atrial septal defect cause ear problems?

Could an atrial septal defect cause ear problems?

No: Although there is no cause and effect about what u r asking, patients with congenital heart disease sometimes have other birth defects. Hearing problems are not usually one of them. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have atrial septal defect?

What does it mean to have atrial septal defect?

Atrial septal defect: 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. ...Read more

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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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Could you explain what is a atrial septal defect?

Could you explain what is a atrial septal defect?

ASD: An ASD is a common type of congenital heart defect characterized by a hole in the wall between the top chambers (atria) of the heart. It allows blood returning from the lungs to the left atrium to pass into the right atrium. Rarely causes symptoms during childhood. Treatment depends on the size of the defect and the age at diagnosis. ...Read more

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How should I handle my son's atrial septal defect?

Cardiologist: Depends on the size, location and child's age. Many small asds can close on their own while others require catheterization or open heart surgery. Your cardiologist can best guide your treatment options/plan. ...Read more