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Doctor insights on: Atrial Septal Defects

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How does atrial septal defect affect pregnancy?

How does atrial septal defect affect pregnancy?

Depends: Depends on the size of the defect. Generally smalls defects usually do not cause any problems. ...Read more

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Anyone knows anything about evanosis, a symptom of atrial septal defect?

Anyone knows anything about evanosis, a symptom of atrial septal defect?

Same as cyanosis?: I believe evanosis and cyanosis are same, turning blue due to not enough oxygen in the blood being pumped by the heart ... Deoxygenated blood from the body returns to the heart and goes from the right atrium through the ASD to the left atrium (bypassing the lungs) and gets pumped back out to the body without picking up more oxygen from the lungs ... ...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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4d imaging &echo during week 32 of pregnancy showed normal heart function;can a 4 month baby still have chance to be diagnosed w atrial septal defect?

4d imaging &echo during week 32 of pregnancy showed normal heart function;can a 4 month baby still have chance to be diagnosed w atrial septal defect?

Yes: An atrial septal defect (ASD) is almost never diagnosed prenatally, since an atrial opening (pfo) is normal at that time. Most of the time i diagnose an ASD it is after the baby has gone home from the hospital. A murmur is often not heard initially, developing only later. Fortunately early diagnosis is not critical, since intervention is usually not needed for several years. ...Read more

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What are the tests for atrial septal defect?

What are the tests for atrial septal defect?

Echocardiogram: 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. ...Read more

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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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Dear dr. I need a help from you all its about my mother my mother has a.S.D mean atrial septal defect or you can say hole in the heart what i do?

Dear dr. I need a help from you all its about my mother my mother has a.S.D mean atrial septal defect or you can say hole in the heart what i do?

Get evaluated: Treatment depends on size, flows, pressures and her personal health and risk factors. Asd is correctable with surgical techniques and occasionally other devices. ...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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Are there any side effects or risks to treatment of atrial septal defects?

Are there any side effects or risks to treatment of atrial septal defects?

ASD: Surgical treatment of ASD has typical surgical risks, catheter based treatment has catheterization risks these are fairly standard. ...Read more

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I have atrial septal defect. Can i exercise still? What can I do to prevent worsening of right ventricular hypertrophy from to asd before surgery?

I have atrial septal defect. Can i exercise still? What can I do to prevent worsening of right ventricular hypertrophy from to asd before surgery?

Yes: You may continue to exercise normally. It would be prudent to abstain from scuba diving. The enlargement of the right heart is caused by the extra volume of blood flowing into the right heart through the asd. It will improve after the ASD is closed. ...Read more

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