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Doctor insights on: Atrial Spetal Defect

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Could you explain what is a septal atrial defect?

Could you explain what is a septal atrial defect?

Since birth: It's a congenital defect in which the there is a hole in the wall separating the left and right atria (upper chambers of the heart). It's usually called an "atrial septal defect" or just asd. ...Read more

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What is an atrial septum defect?

What is an atrial septum defect?

Hole in upper chmbrs: The ASD is a hole in the wall that is supposed to separate the upper chambers of the heart. ...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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Does anyone else out there have atrial septum defect discovered as an adult?

Does anyone else out there have atrial septum defect discovered as an adult?

Yes: I see folks all the time of all ages who have an ASD discovered. Small ones are subtle, may not have a murmur, may not cause any abnormality on ekg, may be hard to pick up on a routine echo, may not cause any abnormality on a chest x-ray, may not cause any symptoms, and may not require any treatment. ...Read more

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It true that people suffering from atrial septum defect can never have normal kids?

Inheritance ~ 4%: If you are healthy enough to contribute to or become pregnant, the risk of any of the multiple congenital heart malformations (inclusive) approximates 4% . Add that to the general risk of any pregnancy having an unexpected outcome (4%) & you have ~92% chance of a normal outcome. A sit down with a genetic counselor can help you understand each component of family or personal history to this process. ...Read more

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Atrial septum defects: right to left shunt, what is all this?

Atrial septum defects: right to left shunt, what is all this?

ASD: Usually with an atrial septal defect the blood flow or shunt goes from left to right, however, in some situations when there is pulmonary hypertension the shunting goes from right to left. The problem with that is it causes some of the blood to bypass the lungs and not get the oxygen needed to bring to the tissues. ...Read more

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My boy he has atrial septum defect, its not life threatening is it?

My boy he has atrial septum defect, its not life threatening is it?

Generally No: Usually not. This defect can lead to the heart straing due to the shunting of blood to the wrong place, but generally does not cause acute life threatening problems. A pediatric cardiologist can guide you for the specific details of your child's situation. ...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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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?

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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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'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 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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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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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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