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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?

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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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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Can atrial septal defects shunt left to right stay the same instead of reversing to right to left?

Can atrial septal defects shunt left to right stay the same instead of reversing to right to left?

Depends on pressure: An atrial septal defect (ASD) is an abnormal opening in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart. Blood flow across will depend on right-left pressure differences: high-to-low. After birth, left is higher than right. But in instances of lung disease or other causes of increased right sided heart pressures (pregnancy, scuba diving), normal left-right blood flow can reverse. ...Read more

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What is an atrial septal defect?

What is an atrial septal defect?

Defect in wall: An ASD is a defect (opening) in the wall (septum) that should form to separate the upper chambers of the heart. ...Read more

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How bad is an atrial septal defect?

How bad is an atrial septal defect?

ASD: 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. ...Read more

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What exactly is atrial septal defect?

ASD: 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). ...Read more

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I have an atrial septal defect. Advise?

I have an atrial septal defect. Advise?

See a cardiologist: This can be serious, as a blood clot from the lower legs can cross the ASD and cause a stroke. ...Read more

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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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What's it mean to have atrial septal defect?

Depends...: 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. ...Read more

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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 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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What sort of problem is an atrial septal defect?

What sort of problem is an atrial septal defect?

ASD: ASD is a congenital (present since birth) heart defect in which the wall that separates the 2 upper chambers (atria) is perforated allowing the abnormal mixing of oxygenated and un-oxygenated blood. If large enough, it can lead to rhythm disturbances and heart failure but if small, no treatment is necessary. Echo and MRI are very accurate in assessing the severity. It is correctable/curable. ...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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What are the symptoms of an atrial septal defect?

It depends: Atrial septal defects (asd's)can vary in size and location. The small asd's can be without symptoms and can go undiscovered for many years. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, abnormal rhythms, heart failure and low oxygen levels. Strokes can occur from small clots in leg veins crossing to left side and going to brain. Some reports that migraine headaches are caused by asd's. ...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

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Please help! I have an atrial septal defect (asd)?

Treatable: The importance of an ASD depends on the location in the septum and on the size of the asd. Small asds may cause no problems. Larger asds may require treatment. The most common ASD is an ostium secundum asd. Often, this can be treated by implanting a device in the ASD by catheter, sealing the hole. If the ASD is very large, or other than a secundum defect, surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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Is an atrial septal defect a hereditary condition?

Is an atrial septal defect a hereditary condition?

Multiple genes: The information needed to code for normal formation of the heart travels in many genes. There is a linkage to other forms of congenital heard defect. Someone with an ASD will have a 4% risk of having a kid with some form of chd, not necessarily the same one. ...Read more

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What to do if I have atrial septal defect repaired?

Confusing question: If you had a problem and got it fixed, what is your concern? Most would expect you to followup with your physician periodically, but beyond that, the intent of your question is elusive. If you can define it better, reword it and submit a new question to the site. ...Read more