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My father has atrial septal defect. What can I learn about this?

My father has atrial septal defect. What can I learn about this?

ECHO/CATH.: Need to dtermine the type, (secundum, primum, sinus venosus, unroofed coronary sinus, patent foramen ovale) the shunt fraction, is there pulmonary hypertension, is it reversible, are there other congenital cardiac or anomalous pulmonary venous return. Depending on the age, are the coronaries normal or with associated coronary artery disease. Tx is closure. Talk to cardiologist. ...Read more

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Dear dr. I need a help from you all its about my mother my mother has a.S.D mean atrial septal defect or you can say hole in the heart what i do?

Dear dr. I need a help from you all its about my mother my mother has a.S.D mean atrial septal defect or you can say hole in the heart what i do?

Get evaluated: Treatment depends on size, flows, pressures and her personal health and risk factors. Asd is correctable with surgical techniques and occasionally other devices. ...Read more

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My son is 8yrs old now, he is a down syndrome and he have a heart deffect tetralogy of fallot. What are best option to do about my son?

My son is 8yrs old now, he is a down syndrome and he have a heart  deffect  tetralogy  of fallot. What are best option to do about my son?

Children's hospital: Find the closest children's hospital near you. You will need a pediatric cardiologist (heart doctor). If you are lucky they may have a special down syndrome clinic. They can also recommend a good primary doctor for your child. You can also check with the local down syndrome associations for recommendations. Best wishes to you! ...Read more

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My father has atrial fibrillation. What does this mean?

My father has atrial fibrillation. What does this mean?

Atrial fibrillation: Afib is a rapid irregular heart rhythm which can decrease heart efficiency as much as 20% in some patients. It can also be associated with clotting and clots travelling around the body to cause stroke or other problems. Some people have atrial fibrillation as their normal rhythm. Talk to your dr. About it if you have it. ...Read more

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The docs tell me my son is going to be born with a heart defect called DORV what do u guys know about this?

The docs tell me my son is going to be born with a heart defect called DORV what do u guys know about this?

Different Anatomy: A double outlet right ventricle means that both aorta (the blood vessel that carries oxygen rich blood to the body) and the pulmonary artery ( the blood vessel that carries oxygen poor blood to the lungs) arise from the same chamber of the heart, the right ventricle. The problem is that the aorta then carries oxygen poor blood to the body. The aorta normally originates from the left ventricle-. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has atrioventricular septal defect?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has atrioventricular septal defect?

AV canal: Atrioventricular canal is a very complex congenital endocardial cushion defect that consist of a primum atrial septal defect and a av canal type of ventricular septal defect. May be associated with a cleft mitral valve. Surgical repair is the treatment. The timing will depend on severity of shunting, the presence or absence of a concomitant right ventricular outflow obstruction and other factors. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

Congenital defect: Also known as an av canal, it is a type of congenital heart defect. There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect (hole) in the center of the heart. There is also one common av valve , rather than 2 distinct valves (mitral and tricuspid valves). It is commonly but not necessarily associated with down syndrome. Surgical repair is required in infancy. ...Read more

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How can I help my sister who has a congenital heart defect?

How can I help my sister who has a congenital heart defect?

Support her: I am not sure what type of defect she has, but minor congenital defects such as "holes in heart" (atrial or venticular septal defects) may not cause much problem at all. More major defect will require care from a specialist --heart doc/surgeon/ and primary care physician as a team. Be there for her, help her live her life the best she can. Say that you love her! good luck to you both. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has congenital heart defects?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has congenital heart defects?

Depends: Congenital heart disease covers a wide range from life-threatening to benign. Start with your pediatrician, who can refer you to a pediatric cardiologist, who can make the right diagnosis, and advise you about prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I had an echocardiogram done, and the cardiologist said I had hairline regurgitation. Is this abnormal for my age? Is this something to worry about?

I had an echocardiogram done, and the cardiologist said I had hairline regurgitation. Is this abnormal for my age? Is this something to worry about?

Review with doctor: I have never heard the term "hairline" regurgitation. If he/she means trivial regurgitation it is nothing to worry about as today's ultrasound technology is so advanced and the images so crisp that the majority of ECHOs that I read have trivial regurgitation of some valve. I would just ask, as you always should, your doctor to clarify the results in language you understand. ...Read more

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I want to know what the future holds for a child with Down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ?

I want to know what the future holds for a child with Down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ?

Varies: As one of the less complex heart defects in ds this is usually amenable to the same repair procedures as any other kid with a vsd.After repair, it does not have a significant impact on the ds projected lifespan of >60 yrs. ...Read more

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Is having congenital heart defects something to worry about? My wife is upset since my daughter's doctor visit.

Is having congenital heart defects something to worry about? My wife is upset since my daughter's doctor visit.

Depends...: There are a wide range of congenital heart defects. Some can be very serious, and require surgery to survive; others are much more benign. A good pediatric cardiologist can discuss your daughter's defect with you, as well as whether treatment or surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my mum has arnold chiari syndrome i trying 2 find out what the average life expectancy is for people with this?

Should i be concerned if my mum has arnold chiari syndrome i trying 2 find out what the average life expectancy is for people with this?

Chiari: It needs to be monitored with scans especially if she has chairi symptoms. This could be congenital as well. As long as it stable, and she is asymptomatic, it does not cause any problems should consult neurosurgeon and neurology. ...Read more

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What exactly does?Having a ?Heart murmur mean for me and my future?

What exactly does?Having a ?Heart murmur mean for me and my future?

Depends on cause: It might mean nothing. It might mean a lot. The answer depends on what's going on, and can be answered by the doctor who examines you and determines the exact cause of the murmur. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a heart murmur? My mom told me that i had a heart murmur when i was a baby, does it mean that i will develop heart problems in the future?

What happens if I have a heart murmur? My mom told me that i had a heart murmur when i was a baby, does it mean that i will develop heart problems in the future?

No: Heart murmurs are very common. In fact, 60% of all kids have one at this moment. I tell my patients they aren't "cool" unless they have one. That said, the quality or type of murmur is important. Most likely it was an innocent murmur, and means nothing except rapid blood flow through the heart and mild turbulence. Future heart problems would be more related to your genetics and lifestyle. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have biatrial enlargement on ECG , what does this mean also she has "cp" in front of biatrial also don't know what this meansthank yo?

My doctor says I have biatrial enlargement on ECG , what does this mean also she has "cp" in front of biatrial also don't know what this meansthank yo?

Biatrial enlargement: This is a finding on your ekg which can indicate that your atria or upper portion of your heart is larger than normal for your age and sex. The gold standard is to do an echocardiogram to measure the atria and determine if you do have this. Often it is due to high blood pressure or heart valve disease. ...Read more

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I had a echocardiogram a year ago, overall it was ok but my doctor diagnosed me with atrial enlargement (right). What does this mean?

I had a echocardiogram a year ago, overall it was ok but my doctor diagnosed me with atrial enlargement (right). What does this mean?

Right atrium: Isolated right atrial enlargement can be due to a variety of abnormal physiological causes. It can also be a spurious finding related to the plane of imaging. Best to discuss with your doctor to get the explanation most appropriate for your situation. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with borderline cardiac heart size. What does this mean?

My husband was diagnosed with borderline cardiac heart size. What does this mean?

Heart: Every organ has physical parameters with a range of size considered normal. Borderline cardiac heart size means either at the upper or lower limits of the normal range for size of heart. This doesn't mean something is wrong it just defines where the size falls in the range. Could be normal size and abnormal function etc................ ...Read more

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