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Is a small interatrial septal aneurysm with right to left shunting always patched?

Is a small interatrial septal aneurysm with right to left shunting always patched?

It depends: Typically a patent foramen ovale with intra-atrial septal aneurysm is closed if a patient has had a blood clot transit through the defect. This typically manifests as a stroke or other embolic event. If you have not had any embolic events treatment with Aspirin is all that is necessary. If you have had an event you should be on a blood thinner or consider having the defect closed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...Read more


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My echo says I have a "possible small interatrial septal aneurysm or patent foramen ovale." what does that mean?

My echo says I have a "possible small interatrial septal aneurysm or patent foramen ovale." what does that mean?

Usually nothing: A small patent foramen ovale is one of the most common and minor cardiac anomalies. Most people do not know they have one as in the vast majority there are no symptoms. This defect has been rarely related to migraines and strokes, but these are so uncommon that the condition is not treated unless there is a problem. The term aneurysm relates to the tissue of the atrial septum and is not risky. ...Read more

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What is atrial septal aneurysm?

What is atrial septal aneurysm?

Bulge in wall : Just a bulge in the thin wall between the two small chambers of the heart. ...Read more

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After echo and stress test I was diagnosed with atrial septal aneurysm and small pfo. Dr doesn't want to treat. I'm so scared, am I at risk? 28yo F

After echo and stress test I was diagnosed with atrial septal aneurysm and small pfo. Dr doesn't want to treat. I'm so scared, am I at risk? 28yo F

These: findings are very common and if it were not for our advances in cardiac imaging you WOULD NEVER HAVE FOUND OUT about them. You Doctor does not want to treat and he/she is 100% CORRECT! so STOP WORRYING! Sincerely hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: atrial septal aneurysm?

What is the definition or description of: atrial septal aneurysm?

Floppy septum: The atrial septum devides the right atrium (upper heart chamber) from the left. During developement in the womb, there is a large opening in this wall which closes soon after birth. The closure can be floppy or redundent, and may be referred to as aneurysm. This is benign and not the type of aneurysm that needs repair or is at risk to rupture. ...Read more

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If atrial septal aneurysm's don't cause pain then why do I have pain?

If atrial septal aneurysm's don't cause pain then why do I have pain?

Not a true aneurysm: Atrial septal aneurysms are not "true" aneurysm like those that occur in blood vessels with a risk of rupture. Atrial septal aneurysms are simply an excess of tissue left over when you naturally closed your patent foramen ovale with tissue growing together to seal the atrial septum. There is debate about the significance of an atrial septal aneurysm among experts, but they do not cause pain. ...Read more

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I have an atrial septal aneurysm and now i know it has a hole they will do a tee how big does it need to be before they will need to patch it?

I have an atrial septal aneurysm and now i know it has a hole they will do a tee how big does it need to be before they will need to patch it?

Depends on flow: It is not just the size. If the shunting between the two sides results in ratio greater than 1.5 and you have symptoms you need the defect closed. Occasionally people get rhythm problems or thrombus formation due to atrial septal aneurysm and may need surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Can atrial septal defects and atrial septal aneurysms get bigger? Can they just now show up after having a baby if so does it mean it's bigger now?

Yes, Yes and maybe: Atrial septal defects and the flow through them can increase over time. Changes in blood volume and pressures can unmask a septal defect, and make it worse. The good news is that after her pregnancy, it is also possible for it to get better over time. I would see your cardiologist about this. ...Read more

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Is an atrial septal aneurysm always something your born with and if not how do they determine if you were or was causes by something?

No problems caused: Atrial septal aneurysm does not cause any problems. Unlike aortic aneurysms, they do not rupture. They may be associated with atrial septal defects, which may lead to other problems, but by themselves atrial septal aneurysms are not dangerous. ...Read more

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Is an atrial septal aneurysm dangerous or life threatening? Is an Effraction of 50-55% bad? Effraction changed from 65 to 50-55 within a yr. Is it bad

Is an atrial septal aneurysm dangerous or life threatening? Is an Effraction of 50-55% bad? Effraction changed from 65 to 50-55 within a yr. Is it bad

Atrial septal aneury: Ejection fraction 50-55% is normal and the change from 65% to 55% may well be within the variation of the measuring technology. Atrial septal aneurysm is generally not per se dangerous or life threatening though it can cause problems. Read this for more info: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/91/11/2785.full ...Read more