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What is the chance of survival for a 54 year old woman that has had surgical repair for atrial septal defect?

What is the chance of survival for a 54 year old woman that has had surgical repair for atrial septal defect?

Excellent: ASD repair is common and unless there are extenuating circumstances like poor overall health, then she should do fine. I would hope the surgeon covered this in a preoperative visit and answered all your questions and concerns. ...Read more

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Is an atrial septal defect repair surgery dangerous?

Heart surgery risk: All open heart surgery is dangerous. Many asds are now closed without surgery, using a catheter placed in a leg vein. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time does an atrial septal defect surgical repair take approximately.?

Can you tell me how much time  does an atrial septal defect surgical repair take approximately.?

Varies: For a typical asd, the heart portion of the surgery takes less than an hour. Preparing the patient for surgery in the or and closing the chest after surgery takes more time. Total time in the or usually is less than four hours. Some asds are closed at cardiac catheterization and can typically be accomplished in less than two or three hours. ...Read more

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When is surgery indicated for ?A ventricular septal defect?

When is surgery indicated for ?A ventricular septal defect?

Variable: A small vsd may close spontaneously as a baby grows or the babies system may decompensate under the strain of the extra work & progress to heart failure. Many times this can be managed for a time with meds. If baby is thriving on meds & close observation, they may wait before repairing the defect.This decision is made by the surgeon & pedi-cardiologist based on individual factors. ...Read more

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Do babies always have surgery for an atrioventricular septal defect ?

Do babies always have surgery for an atrioventricular septal defect ?

Yes: If not repaired in a timely fashion, eisenmenger syndrome develops and subsequent death. ...Read more

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Atrial Septal Defect surgery for adults, how common is it? And what are the possible complications from this surgery?

Atrial Septal Defect surgery for adults, how common is it? And what are the possible complications from this surgery?

Intervention or open: Less common today as most now diagnosed in infants. Many now repairable using catheter based techniques but if large still best fixed open. Slight risk of stroke and damage to conduction system but one of the safer open operations. Consider a center that does both pediatric and adult surgery to have the most expertise in either type of procedure. ...Read more

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If a child has a small hole in the heart called a muskular ventricular septal defect, does that need surgery.?

If a child has a small hole in the heart called a muskular ventricular septal defect, does that need surgery.?

Usually not: A muscular ventricular septal defect (vsd) is a special type of vsd (there are many kinds). The vast majority of small muscular vsds require no treatment, and 90% close up by themselves by a year of age. Only large defects or those associated with other heart problems are likely to require surgery. ...Read more

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How effective is heart catheter surgery for atrial septal defect?

How effective is heart catheter surgery for atrial septal defect?

Good: If the defect is not overly large, and is located in the center part of the atrial septum (typically an osmium secundum atral septal defect), and there are no associated cardiovascular problems, the short-term and long-term outcomes are very good and catheter based closure is safe in experiences centers. ...Read more

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I have atrial septal defect. Can i exercise still? What can I do to prevent worsening of right ventricular hypertrophy from to asd before surgery?

I have atrial septal defect. Can i exercise still? What can I do to prevent worsening of right ventricular hypertrophy from to asd before surgery?

Yes: You may continue to exercise normally. It would be prudent to abstain from scuba diving. The enlargement of the right heart is caused by the extra volume of blood flowing into the right heart through the asd. It will improve after the ASD is closed. ...Read more

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