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What happens if there is a hole in heart what wil happen?

What happens if there is a hole in heart what wil happen?

Depends: Depends on the size, the age of the patient, whether it's new and a result of heart attack or if it's been present since birth. In the worse cases, it cause congestive heart failure and occasionally can be the cause of a stroke. ...Read more

Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Septostomy (Definition)

Septostomy is a procedure similar to an amniocentesis that may be performed on a woman who is carrying twins. A needle is placed into the uterus under ultrasound guidance and a hole is made in the membranes between the two babies. This allows the amniotic fluid pressure to become more equal on both ...Read more


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20 week scan, told baby may have hole in heart and being sent to check it out next week. How common is this? Is baby ok?

20 week scan, told baby may have hole in heart and being sent to check it out next week. How common is this? Is baby ok?

Wait for results: You are being sent to check it out - this means a more detailed study. At that time they should be able to tell you if it is serious or not. Your 20 week scan was screening for problems. The higher level test will provide more detail. A heart problem is present in 8 of 1000 babies, many do just fine. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can there be restrictions on exercise for hole in heart?

Can there be restrictions on exercise for hole in heart?

Hole: 'hole in the heart' is usually either atrial or ventricular septal defect. To make exercise recommendations it is necessary to know the type and size of the shunt. In general we believe exercise is good for most folks. For large shunts however, the increased cadiac output can cause severe increases in shunt flow and problems. You need to discuss with your dr. Your specifics. ...Read more

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My cousin has a ' hole in heart' between the two atria. Will he be okay?

My cousin has a ' hole in heart' between the two atria. Will he be okay?

Probably: Most congenital heart defects are a combination of several defects. A lot of them require some degree of shunting to allow the patient to survive like an asd. In older patients these holes usually need to be closed before they cause heart failure or stroke. ...Read more

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2 yrs ago echo showed hole in heart. Last years showed no hole and this years showed no hole. Could it have closed or is it really still there ?

2 yrs ago echo showed hole in heart. Last years showed no hole and this years showed no hole. Could it have closed or is it really still there ?

Possible: It is possible that small defects in the interventricular septum can close spontaneously in muscular areas. Of course your cardiologist or the reader of the echocardiogram in your case would be best qualified to answer your question. ...Read more

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I have a hole in heart by birth. I have yearly checkups. So far doctors haven't suggested any medicines. Can I have a active life and normal sex?

I have a hole in heart by birth. I have yearly checkups. So far doctors haven't suggested any medicines. Can I have a active life and normal sex?

It delends: It depends on the type of hole the size of the hole and how much blood flows through the hole. Most holes should be fixed. They may increase risks of strokes, infections, and heart failure. One type of hole-a pfo can be watched. You doctor is your best information source. Ask them. They should educate you on what you have and recommend the best course of treatment. If not-get a new doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about born with hole in heart and murmur as an adult?

Can you tell me more about born with hole in heart and murmur as an adult?

Complicated: A 'heart murmur" means that one can hear blood flow with a stethoscope. Very nonspecific term. A "hole in the heart" is a connection between the circulation that supplies the lungs (right heart) and the circulation that supplies the body (left heart). There are various types of holes (defects). All of the holes/defects have the potential to cause a murmur. Echocardiography will help. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of hole in heart birth defect occur?

What is the likelihood of hole in heart birth defect occur?

Depends: It depends on the size, the type, and what methods are used to look for it. Broadly, atrial septal defect occurs in 1 in 1500 live births. Patent foramen ovale is extremely common and present in 10-20% of all adults but not significant. ...Read more

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How frequently does the hole in heart birth defect occur?

How frequently does the hole in heart birth defect occur?

2-5/1000 births: The VSD (hole between lower chambers) is the most common reported heart defect.It occurs as an isolated event or along with other defects. The majority close in early infancy and are not clinically significant. ...Read more

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What does isolated narrow Q wave in lead 3 mean, flat t waves across all leads, mild sigmoid septal bulge. Does this all relate to hole in heart ?

What does isolated narrow Q wave in lead 3 mean, flat t waves across all leads, mild sigmoid septal bulge. Does this all relate to hole in heart
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Non specific finding: The findings you describe sound non-specific, and may occur for multiple reasons. The ekg does not usually diagnose a hole in the heart, but it can give information about how the heart is responding if the hole is causing additional stress on the heart function. ...Read more

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What is considered the number one way or treatment for congenital heart defects or "hole in heart"?

What is considered the number one way or treatment for congenital heart defects or "hole in heart"?

Depends: Depends on the defect, but in most if not all, it would require a surgical intervention to patch it. The urgency depends on the type of defect, age and overall condition at the time of diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had transcatheter to repair a hole in heart since lots of anxiety and now upper legs feel weak shaky fill i may pass out? Should i worry

I had transcatheter to repair a hole in heart since lots of anxiety and now upper legs feel weak shaky fill i may pass out?  Should i worry

Ask questions: Any time you have an invasive procedure and you have symptoms afterwards that you are worried about the you should speak with the physician who performed the procedure. Only they know all of the details that go into your case. ...Read more

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I am 51. At 47 i had tia, dvt, pulmonary embolism, hole in heart. I am on warfarin and aggrenox. New white places in brain. Should i be concerned?

I am 51.  At 47 i had tia, dvt, pulmonary  embolism, hole in heart.  I am on warfarin and aggrenox.  New white places in brain.  Should i be concerned?

Yes: Should close "hole in the heart". I do not know specifically what you mean for "hole in the heart". Each congenital septal defect has a name and unless you specify which is it I am unable to give you any advise but as a general rule, any septal defect can result in a paradoxical embolus. Meaning blood clots from the venous system ending up in the arterial system. Your cardiologist can reffer you. ...Read more

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How does a hole in the septum of the heart affect a person's health?

How does a hole in the septum of the heart affect a person's health?

Septal defect: depends on size of hole and flow of blood through it. If very small and little flow may not be very problematic. If large size and flow can develop into heart failure and related trouble. Can progress over years and gradually develop trouble. Needs evaluation and follow up by cardiologist. ...Read more

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What would happen if the heart had a hole in the septum or in 1 of 4 valves?

What would happen if the heart had a hole in the septum or in 1 of 4 valves?

Complex question: Atrial septal and ventricular septal defects. Vsd most common congenital heart defect at birth but commonly close during adulthood. Symptoms depend on size and the direction of the flow(rt -lt vs lt -rt). Surgery closure may be indicated. On case of valves we call it valvular regurgitation. Symptoms depend on severity of backward flow and chronicity vs acuteness of the defect. ...Read more

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What is basal septum hypokinesis of the heart?

What is basal septum hypokinesis of the heart?

Depends: Hypokinesis means abnormally low contraction and wall motion of the segment of the heart. The greater the number of left ventriculuar wall segments with hypokinesis, the worse the overall heart function is, and the greater the chance of developing heart failure and premature death. ...Read more