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I have a small ventricular septal defect. The doctor says I should have it closed.?

I have a small ventricular septal defect.  The doctor says I should have it closed.?

You should feel good: When there is a space between the two main pumping chambers of the heart, there is an escape of blood out from the normal intended flow, back around the central circulation, instead of all the healthy oxygenated blood being pumped out to the body via the aorta. This usually results in less blood available for places like the muscles and brain, leaving patients easily tired. A repair should help. ...Read more

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Can unexplained blue skin be caused by ventricular septal defects?

Can unexplained blue skin be caused by ventricular septal defects?

Rarely: A large vsd that is untreated can lead to the development of pulmonary hypertension during childhood. It worsens over time and ultimately results in shunting of blood from the right ventricle through the vsd into the aorta and causing cyanosis (blue skin). ...Read more

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Are there better and newer treatments for ventricular septal defects?

Are there better and newer treatments for ventricular septal defects?

Improved outcomes: Typically, if your child requires closure of his/her vsd, the proper therapy is open heart surgery. However, the outcomes of surgery are better than in the past, with safer anesthesia, improved cardiopulmonary bypass, better critical care, and less morbidity. It is not typical for catheter-based closure to be appropriate for vsds in children. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can ventricular septal defect cause diastolic murmur?

Hello doctors, can ventricular septal defect cause diastolic murmur?

Not typical: The classic VSD physical finding is of course a holosystolic murmur. However, if the VSD is subarterial or supracristal, it can distort the aortic valve, sometimes causing leaflet prolapse. If this results in significant aortic insufficiency, there will be an associated diastolic murmur (with the insufficiency representing an indication for surgical repair). ...Read more

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What kinds of doctors will be involved in caring for a child with a large?Ventricular septal defect?

What kinds of doctors will be involved in caring for a child with a large?Ventricular septal defect?

Cardio/surgeon: You will, at a minimum, need the care of a pediatric cardiologist and a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Dear sir.my baby hav small inlet ventricular septal defect cardio dr says it was had in 3mm lt-rt shunt restricted so we hav wait 3month.plz explain?

Dear sir.my baby hav small inlet ventricular septal defect cardio dr says it was had in 3mm lt-rt shunt restricted so we hav wait  3month.plz explain?

VSD: Unless VSDs are symptomatic (low weight gain, fatigue,congestive heart failure), it is accepted practice to watch the VSD and follow with ultrasound to see if they close on their own. Keep a close eye on the baby and I am sure your pediatrician will as well. ...Read more

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I have a small ventricular septal defect from birth. How careful should I be about my social habits (smoking, drinking)?

I have a small ventricular septal defect from birth. How careful should I be about my social habits (smoking, drinking)?

Small risk: You have a vsd or a small hole between the two ventricles or pumping chambers of the heart. Realistically there is no direct risks between smoking and drinking and this vsd (although smoking is never healthy and i would not suggest more than 1 drink / day) you should see a cardiologist and have an echocardiogram to monitor this abnormality. ...Read more

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If a child has a small hole in the heart called a muskular ventricular septal defect, does that need surgery.?

If a child has a small hole in the heart called a muskular ventricular septal defect, does that need surgery.?

Usually not: A muscular ventricular septal defect (vsd) is a special type of vsd (there are many kinds). The vast majority of small muscular vsds require no treatment, and 90% close up by themselves by a year of age. Only large defects or those associated with other heart problems are likely to require surgery. ...Read more

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Ventricular septal defect repair--when is it done in a baby?

Ventricular septal defect repair--when is it done in a baby?

VSD: It depends on the severity is the best answer. If the defect is small often it is left to close on its own which may happen. However, if the defect is large then it may be closed sooner than later in order to prevent complications. ...Read more