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Doctor insights on: Supracristal Vsd

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How big can a "small" vsd be?

How big can a "small" vsd be?

Tiny: As a matter of fact a smaller hole can be the loudest. And can be "hemodynamically" insignificant. ...Read more

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Could you tell me more about vsd?

Could you tell me more about vsd?

Variable: The heart has 2 pumping chambers, divided by a wall called the ventricular septum. A vsd is a ventricular septal defect, which means hole in that wall. The impact of such a hole depends primarily on the size of the hole. The vsd allows blood to go from the left ventricle to the right ventricle and then to the lungs, making excess pulmonary blood flow. Large defects need surgery, often in infancy. ...Read more

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Can a small enough vsd be left untreated?

Can a small enough vsd be left untreated?

Yes: If the left ventricle is of normal size, the blood flow accross the defect is little and there is no concomittant leaking of the aortic valve the defect can be left untreated but should be followed by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Does 3.4mm qualify as a large or a small vsd?

Does 3.4mm qualify as a large or a small vsd?

Small: It is important to know the size of the heart to be sure, but this size defect would be small in most patients. Even small defects can cause problems, and may require surgery, depending upon their location. ...Read more

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Could a closed vsd still cause these "defects"?

Could a closed vsd still cause these "defects"?

More info needed: Are you having symptoms or problems you believe to be a result of a vsd that was closed? A vsd may cause problems due to excess blood flow through the lungs, or due to dilation ("stretch") of left sided heart structures. Closure of the vsd, if early enough, reverses these problems, but if closed in adolescence or adulthoot, some problems may not disappear. Many factors contribute. ...Read more

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Does a baby with a vsd have a higher chance of getting sick?

No: A vsd, or ventricular septal defect, is a hole in the wall that separates the ventricles of the heart. Vsd's typically close on their own as your baby grows. They do not predispose a child to increased illness. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility that small vsd will enlarge as the child grows?

Is there a possibility that small vsd will enlarge as the child grows?

No: Small vsds are fairly common. They can cause a heart murmur but generally don't cause any serious health problems in babies. Most will close on their own. If your doctor suspects a vsd , you will probably be referred to a pediatric cardiologist. They can detect a vsd using echocardiography, which is an ultrasound exam. ...Read more

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If I have a vsd will be able to have children, will my child have a vsd?

If I have a vsd will be able to have children, will my child have a vsd?

Yes: Most women with congenital heart defects can still have children. The most important advice is to have a preconception consultation with an obgyn. They can then advise you on whether a cardiology consultation is needed, and whether an updated echocardiogram is needed prior to conception. Congenital birth defects affect 4/100 deliveries, so the likelihood that your child would have a vsd is low. ...Read more

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Can a vsd that has been fixed cause problems and the problem not be found?

Can a vsd that has been fixed cause problems and the problem not be found?

Depends: What kind of 'problems'? More description is needed. Any repaired congenital heart is never normal. There can be heart rhythm as well as heart pump function issues afer repair. Blood vessel and heart valve problems can occur. Chest wall pain is common. Breathing problems can occur. Have you had a full heart evaluation by a congenital heart cardiologist? ...Read more

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