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What is meaning of a congenital heart defect in baby, especially the atrial septal defect?

What is meaning of a congenital heart defect in baby, especially the atrial septal defect?

Unfinished formation: The heart develops originally from a long tube that folds on itself in the embryo & forms the main chambers & features. The walls between the chambers are outgrowths that come together. If the walls did not completely form a gap will exist.In the upper chamber if a gap is left the atrial septal defect is "unfinished formation". ...Read more

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Is a PFO closure a structural heart defect in relation to Flecainide?

Is a PFO closure a structural heart defect in relation to Flecainide?

Patent foramen ovale: This is usually a defect you are born with, sometimes it does not show up until later in life when patient has a stroke or other problem. It would not be caused by flecainide. ...Read more

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Is an atrial septal defect a hereditary condition?

Is an atrial septal defect a hereditary condition?

Multiple genes : The information needed to code for normal formation of the heart travels in many genes. There is a linkage to other forms of congenital heard defect. Someone with an ASD will have a 4% risk of having a kid with some form of chd , not necessarily the same one. ...Read more

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Is a PFO the same as atrial septal defect? Echo states abnormal shunt suggestive small atrial septal defect.What does suggestive mean is it def small?

Is a PFO the same as atrial septal defect? Echo states abnormal shunt suggestive small atrial septal defect.What does suggestive mean is it def small?

ASD: A pfo is also an asd. Small ASD is usually fairly easy to tell on echo. Suggestive readings generally are subtle findings. Ask the doctor what the test means, without seeing it, we can't be sure. ...Read more

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Is asd (atrial septal defect) known as a hereditary condition?

Is asd (atrial septal defect) known as a hereditary condition?

Possibly: While there are some reports of familial clusters, generally it is a congenital condition affecting caused by a developmental defect. ...Read more

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What is a secundum atrial septal defect?

What is a secundum atrial septal defect?

ASD: An atrial septal defect is a common congenital geart defect. It is a hole in the atrial septum - the wall between the left and right atrium. This lets blood flow from the left into right atrium (usually). If not caught at an early age, it results in excessive blood to right side of heart and lungs. Fixed with surgery (sutyred closed) or with a umbrella like device via cath. ...Read more

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Is atrial septal defect considered a heart disease?

Is atrial septal defect considered a heart disease?

Yes: Even though "disease" may carry a connotation of "infection" in every day language, in medicine it means that there is some pathology or abnormality. ...Read more

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Is atrial septal defect considered to be a heart disease?

Is atrial septal defect considered to be a heart disease?

Yes and no: ASD is considered a congenital heart defect(present at birth). Failure to receive corrective treatment during childhood can lead to secondary heart conditions including rhythm disturbances, or heart dysfunction. It is more a matter of how you define the term. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension always present in atrial septal defect?

Is pulmonary hypertension always present in atrial septal defect?

No: People with asds do not always have pulmonary hypertension. An untreated ASD can potentially lead to pulmonary hypertension over a long period of time. But it's not always present. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between an atrial septal defect and a heart murmur?

Yes, but...: There are many reasons and/or heart defects which can be responsible for a heart murmur. An atrial septal defect (ASD) is one of them. This is a hole in the upper chambers in the heart which allows extra blood to pass into the right side of the heart. This extra volume load causes mild turbulence when it travels to the lungs, thus causing the murmur. ...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

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Help please! is asd (atrial septal defect) a hereditary condition?

Help please! is asd (atrial septal defect) a hereditary condition?

Yes (in a sense): We are only just beginning to understand the genetics of congenital heart disease (chd). There are some specific genetic syndrome associated with asds. In addition, simply having an ASD does impart an increased risk--though small--of having children with chd. So yes, having chd is heritable, but in a multifactorial way (i.e. Not a single gene defect in many cases). ...Read more

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Would a partial atrioventicular septal defect avsd show on echo in an adult?

Would a partial atrioventicular septal defect avsd show on echo in an adult?

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 more

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Is tetralogy of fallot a hereditary problem?

Is tetralogy of fallot a hereditary problem?

Not typically.: Most cases are isolated and sporadic. It accounts for 5-10% of all congenital heart defects. 15% of tof cases are part of known genetic syndromes (down, digeorge, alagille, phenylketonuria) or associations (charge/vacterl) and some are linked to poorly controlled preconceptional maternal diabetes mellitus. Recurrence risk: 2.5% with one prior affected child, 8% with two. Folic acid may prevent it! ...Read more

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Is exercise dangerous for atrial septal defect]?

Is exercise dangerous for atrial septal defect]?

Cardiac exercises: No it shouldn't be if you speak to your cardiologist to find out what your limitations are. ...Read more

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Is ventricular or atrial septal defect hereditary?

Most cases no: The chances of being born with a heart defect are approximately 8 per every thousand deliveries (a little under 1%). Most babies born with a heart defect (asd, vsd or any of a multitude of others) have no family members with heart disease. Now, when there is a first line family member with a heart defect the chances increase to about 2-3%, so there may be some genetic component. ...Read more

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Is atrial septal defect the same thing as patent ductus?

Is atrial septal defect the same thing as patent ductus?

No: ASD is a hole between the upper heart chambers. Patent ductus is a pipe that connects the right heart pump outflow to the aorta, allowing most of the blood to go to the body instead of the lungs (since they are not in use). The PDA is supposed to close when the blood oxygen level increases with breathing. The ASD is just a defect. ...Read more

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How bad is an atrial septal defect?

How bad is an atrial septal defect?

ASD: It is variable, depending on the size of the opening and the amount of blood traveling across it. Sometimes they are diagnosed in childhood, others are picked up in adults. They are closed if the size is significant either surgically or using catheters. But if they are small they can be followed and monitored with echocardiograms. ...Read more