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People with atrial septal defect murmur. When is it dangerous to you?

People with atrial septal defect murmur. When is it dangerous to you?

Good question: Atrial septal defects are holes in the wall separating the right and left atria. If the holes are very tiny, they may heal completely and disappear. If the holes are small, they may continue to exist, but may be harmless long-term. Large atrial septal defects can cause heart failure in the long term and often need surgical repair to prevent premature death. ...Read more

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Heart Murmur (Definition)

A heart murmur is a sound heard by a stethoscope made by the vibration of blood flow. It can be a normal finding in young healthy people, or can represent abnormal leakage (regurgitation) of a valve, valve narrowing (stenosis), or a congenital condition such as an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, ...Read more


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Can you tell me if atrial fibrillation with ventricular standstill is recognized from fine v-fib?

Can you tell me if atrial fibrillation with ventricular standstill is recognized from fine v-fib?

Afib/vfib: ventricular standstill and fine v-fib are functionally the same the ventricle is not contracting - vfib is a slight quivering which may or may not be identifiable on ECG; if the ventricle is not contracting then it is not possible to non-invasively identify atrial fibrillation from simply sinus/atrial arrest. ...Read more

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If a patient has tordeas de pointes or ventricular fib wouldn't they be able to hear it with a stethoscope?

If a patient has tordeas de pointes or ventricular fib wouldn't they be able to hear it with a stethoscope?

No: Ventricular fibrillation requires a ekg or cardiac monitor to detect. It is a medical emergency and one has to treat it as a medical emergency. One would not take a guess on such a condition by listening. ...Read more

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Is it a problem to drink alcohol if I have a secundum atrial septal defect?

Is it a problem to drink alcohol if I have a secundum atrial septal defect?

Yes: Drinking in moderation (you must know your limits, do not drive etc) is perfectly fine with an asd. Stay responsible and safe, but an ASD itself--without other congenital defects or heart rhythm problems--is not a contraindication to drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Gallbladder ef 17% does it have to come out? How bad is surgery if u have heart conditions atrial septal defect and asa.

Gallbladder ef 17% does it have to come out? How bad is surgery if u have heart conditions atrial septal defect and asa.

Unclear: Gb ef is not the only factor in determining if the gb should be removed, so more info is needed. An ASD & atrial septal aneurysm should not greatly increase the surgical risk, although extra care should be taken to avoid air bubbles in any IV lines because of the possibility of paradoxical embolism, where those bubbles could cross to the left heart & cause problems like a stroke or a heart attack. ...Read more

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Is it difficult to have a heart procedure to fix an atrial septal defect?

Is it difficult to have a heart procedure to fix an atrial septal defect?

2 options available: An atrial septal defect (ASD) can be closed in 2 ways. One is through open heart surgery, which is now mainly used if the ASD is extremely large or in an unusual location. However, many people now have their ASD closed through a catheter placed in a leg vein, which is less invasive and avoids bypass and a chest incision. These options should be discussed with your personal cardiologist. ...Read more

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Would asd and PFO cause right atrial and ventricular hypertrophy? If so why?

Would asd and PFO cause right atrial and ventricular hypertrophy? If so why?

Enlargement: ASD causes enlargement of the right side of the heart. Not hypertrophy unless it (rarely) has led to pulmonary hypertension. Pfo is not a disease. Almost 20% of healthy people have it. ...Read more

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If someone is not born with it can a teen develop heart valve disease?

If someone is not born with it can a teen develop heart valve disease?

Yes: This can occur from damage to the valve from infection, such as untreated strep throat. Or a late onset developmental defect, such as mitral valve prolapse. ...Read more

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Is it serious when you are diagnosed with mitral and tricuspid regurgitation?

Is it serious when you are diagnosed with mitral and tricuspid regurgitation?

Depends: Almost 100% of the population has tricuspid regurgitation. It's normal. Nearly everyone also has some degree, usually mild, of mitral regurgitation. The issue comes when either is severe. ...Read more

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I have a ventricular septal defect (vsd). Is it dangerous, and will my baby have the same condition?

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I have a ventricular septal defect (vsd). Is it dangerous, and will my baby have the same condition?

Get records to know: Women who have a congenital heart defect surprisingly may know little about it. In some cases there are few symptoms between infancy and the time they get pregnant. They should ask their parents for information, get records from all their doctors and from any hospitalizations including when they were born, and see their cardiologist and an OB specialist about risk before trying to conceive (ttc). ...Read more

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Can women with a (VSD) Ventricular septal defect/ebstein anomaly still have a normal pregnancy as the murmur is harmless? Also what are some risks?

Can women with a (VSD) Ventricular septal defect/ebstein anomaly still have a normal pregnancy as the murmur is harmless? Also what are some risks?

Pregnancy Risks: The diseases poses potential risks to the mother and fetus Cyanosis (blue discolouration of the skin due to reduced body Oxygen), which might have harmful effect on baby. Blood clots risk Arrhythmia (abnormal beating of the heart) Despite these concerns, many women with Ebstein's anomaly usually tolerate pregnancy well Needs to discuss the matter with the Cardiologist before getting pregnant ...Read more

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If an atrial septal defect is causing a murmur, does it usually also cause a wide split s2 (racepinephrine)?

If an atrial septal defect is causing a murmur, does it usually also cause a wide split s2 (racepinephrine)?

ASD: A murmur and a wide fixed split of s2 (racepinephrine) are the standard features of atrial septal defect. Most atrial septal defect needs to be treated surgically or by intervention. ...Read more

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Can having an atrial septal aneurysm with a hole in it cause brain aneurysms which I have 3. Also is it safe for me to donate plasma?

Can having an atrial septal aneurysm with a hole in it cause brain aneurysms which I have 3. Also is it safe for me to donate plasma?

Possibly: I cannot answer the plasma question but if you have an atrial septal defect then yes, any infected blood clots or material that gets into your veins could get around your lungs and cause it a brain aneurysm (paradoxical embolization). This should be discussed with your cardiologist to see if an atrial septal occluder device is needed. ...Read more

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How accurate is it that people suffering from atrial septum defect can never become a father?

How accurate is it that people suffering from atrial septum defect can never become a father?

Absolutely not!: That is not true. I am a pediatric cardiologist and take care of many children, and even adults, with atrial septal defects. The males can certainly become fathers. ...Read more

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I have a slight heart murmur is it safe to do natural birth with a heart murmur?

I have a slight heart murmur is it safe to do natural birth with a heart murmur?

It depends: A heart murmur is an extra sound. It does not necessarily indicate significant heart disease. Have an evaluation by your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Is trivial to mild mitral regurgitation usually audible to a cardio with a stethoscope? Is this something that normally progresses?

Mitral regurgitation: Audible sound depends on amount of turbulence caused by a lesion. Generally trivial MR causes little or no murmur, mild MR might cause some. The minimal MR lesions usually don't progress unless endocarditis occurs but progression is not impossible. ...Read more

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