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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What kinds of doctors will be involved in caring for a child with a large?Ventricular septal defect?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Small vsds cause no symptoms. Large vsds in babies cause difficulty with feeding, gaining weight, and excessive sweating. If someone has a relatively large vsd that is not treated early in life, this will eventually cause pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lung arteries), which makes it hard for blood to get throught the lungs. This eventually causes the patient to turn blue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several tests. : There are several tests: physical exam, cxr, ekg, echocardiogram and catheterization. Really the best test is an echocardiogram (with a good physical exam); this should give all the necessary information about the vsd and help guide treatment. Vsds tend to close on their own over time but if they don't and cause symptoms, an operation may be required (usually with excellent outcomes). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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