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Doctor insights on: Patent Foramen Ovale Vs Atrial Septal Defect

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My baby was diagnosed with both atrial septal defect and forearm patent ovale. What is prognosis?

My baby was diagnosed with both atrial septal defect and forearm patent ovale. What is prognosis?

Depends.: If it is indeed only and ASD the prognosis is good. If there is a fetal syndrome the diagnosis is poorer. Genetic and cardiological studies are required before answering your question with any degree of accuracy. ...Read more

Foramen Ovale (Definition)

...In newborns, it allows proper circulation in the fetus by shunting blood coming from the mother's placenta to the left side of the baby's heart, which is pumped immediately out to the body. Nearly all infants have this structure still open when they are born, which usually close within weeks to months after birth. A small percentage of adults still can have an ...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?

ASD vs patent ductus: These are not the same thing, an atrial septal defect, or asd, is an opening in the tissue separating the left and right atrium. The ductus arteriosos is a structure present in fetus which allows blood to bypass the lungs and go to the placenta, this usually closes at delivery but can be closed surgically if needed. Often doctors use medications to close it after delivery. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus?

Is there a connection between atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus?

To a degree: Both are congenital development defects. Atrial septum should seal and patent ductus should close after birth. When identified in infancy they are quite treatable. Also later but preferably as early as possible fir most. ...Read more

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Had open heart surgery for my atrial septal defect 3 years ago. Everyday since then my heart skips a beat at least once a day, is this normal?

Had open heart surgery for my atrial septal defect 3 years ago. Everyday since then my heart skips a beat at least once a day, is this normal?

Maybe and maybe not: Depends on whether anything else is going on; i.e. Any symptoms, passing out, chest pain, cough? Any changes on your ecg? A few "early" heart beats can be normal, but a cardiologist would have to ensure nothing else bad was happening and evaluate an ecg. Bring this to the attention of your cardiologist, but it is not immediately worrisome in the absence of significant symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a patent foramen ovale and atrial septum defect?

What is the difference between a patent foramen ovale and atrial septum defect?

Different: Patent foramen ovale is a temporary natural opening between two atria that allows fetal circulation to occur. Once born it closes spontaneously. An atrial septal defect is an abnormal opening between two atria that occurs due to incomplete formation of the atrial wall. It does not close spontaneously usually and may need surgery if it causes significant flow issues. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between patent foramen ovale and atrial septum defect?

Please help! what is the difference between patent foramen ovale and atrial septum defect?

Similar: An ostium secundum atrial septal defect and a patent foramen ovale are both "holes" in the same place in the atrial septum, which is the wall between the right and left atria. Everyone has a different definition. In infancy, many will call a hole less than 3 or 4 mm in diameter a pfo as they almost all go on to close without treatment. Some call all defects with flow from la to RA an asd. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my child has atrial septal defect?

Atrial septal defect: 4 types. Ostium primum, ostium secundum, sinus venosus asd, patent foramen ovale. Ostium primum and sinus venosus require open heart repair. Secundum, depending on size may be amenable to clamshell device vs open heart surgery repair. Pfo most amenable to endovascular repair. Diagnosed by echocardiogram, cardiac cath. Shunt fraction, arrythmias, reversibility of pulmonary hypertension all important. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to treat atrial septal defect?

What's the most effective way to treat atrial septal defect?

Two choices: Depending upon the characteristics of the defect; there are 2 ways to close an atrial septal defect. The traditional approach has been surgery with a success rate of nearly 100%; however there is a risk of arrhythmia and effusion. More recently, catheter delivered closure devices have been used for select patients.. The overall success rate is about 98% and the risk of complications is lower. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with an atrial septal defect?

What are the symptoms associated with an atrial septal defect?

Often none: Even patients with large asds often have no symptoms until later in life. Some young children with large asds get respiratory infections more commonly. As patients age, they can have symptoms of right heart failure (decreased energy, large liver, swollen ankles), rhythm abnormalities or cyanosis (turning blue from not enough blood getting to the lungs). We try to treat asds before symptoms develop. ...Read more

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Dr. Donna Wilkins
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Patent Foramen Ovale (Definition)

Hole or communication between right and left atria, the upper heart chambers. The hole is open during fetal circulation and closes after birth. If it remains open it is termed a patent foramen ovale. Symptoms ...Read more