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How To Prevent Avsd
Unknown: The heart is a very complex organ. We still do not fully understand how the normal heart develops in the fetus. We understand even less about what causes the heart to develop abnormally. There are multiple genetic and environmental factors involved. But rest assured, nothing you did caused this heart defect and nothing you could have done would have prevented it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atrioventicular sept: Atrioventicular septal defect occurs during the first eight weeks of fetal development.The size of the openings will affect the type and severity of symptoms difficult or congested breathing poor appetite or poor weight gain lack of interest or unusual tiredness during feeding cyanosis: a blue tone to the skin, lips, or nails pale, cool or sweaty skin a heartbeat that is too fast. ...Read more
Depends: There is a lot of variability in size with a VSD and treatment varies.Some will actually close on their own, so nothing beyond watchful waiting is needed.The big ones are monitored and sometimes need meds to support the heart until baby is big enough to make the surgery a bit easier technically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complete avsd size 29 mm in three month child with pah and av regurgitation is there. Could it be repaired?
Yes : Usually if it's a balanced avsd (normal sized ventricles) then regardless of defect size it is repairable . Pah at the age of three months is usually not fixed (reversible) and most probably secondary to the large left to right shunt. Even if the baby has down syndrome, at three months of age pah is usually reversible. Av valve regurg is part of avsd and does not preclude patient from repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other way around: About 1/3 of ds patients will have a heart defect including many with a vsd or other more complex defects. However, of all those with vsd the ds group is only a fraction of the larger number. Vsd's are relatively common & represent a failure in completion of the walls between the chambers that grow out from the side & knit together during fetal life. >1/2 will close on there own by a year of age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure.: In fact most individuals born with balanced complete avsd can have long lives in spite of it, after surgical repair. ...Read more
Yes: A partial avsd can be associated with a murmur and yet the patient may have no symptoms. It may not require surgery. It wil depend on the size of the defect and valve issues. A cardiac echocardiogram/doppler study (performed by someone familiar with congential heart defects, such as a board-certified pediatric cardiologist ) can detect the partial avsd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Close to 100%: In expirienced hands, surgery for avsd has close to no mortality. ...Read more
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