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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