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What does left ventricular size is normal with hypokensia of anterior septum and anterior wall with ef=40% actually mean? I had a quad bypass 7yrs ago

What does left ventricular size is normal with hypokensia of anterior septum and anterior wall with ef=40% actually mean? I had a quad bypass 7yrs ago

Indicates that: You left main heart chamber is normal in size but you do have some areas in heart that do not contract as strong which may represent an area that probable suffered an injury or infarction in the past. Also when your pumps out blood from left ventricule the amount pumped out is reduced somewhat. Discuss with your cardiologist the current status of your condition. ...Read more

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What is an atrial septum defect?

What is an atrial septum defect?

Hole in upper chmbrs: The ASD is a hole in the wall that is supposed to separate the upper chambers of the heart. ...Read more

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Does anyone else out there have atrial septum defect discovered as an adult?

Does anyone else out there have atrial septum defect discovered as an adult?

Yes: I see folks all the time of all ages who have an ASD discovered. Small ones are subtle, may not have a murmur, may not cause any abnormality on ekg, may be hard to pick up on a routine echo, may not cause any abnormality on a chest x-ray, may not cause any symptoms, and may not require any treatment. ...Read more

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It true that people suffering from atrial septum defect can never have normal kids?

Inheritance ~ 4%: If you are healthy enough to contribute to or become pregnant, the risk of any of the multiple congenital heart malformations (inclusive) approximates 4% . Add that to the general risk of any pregnancy having an unexpected outcome (4%) & you have ~92% chance of a normal outcome. A sit down with a genetic counselor can help you understand each component of family or personal history to this process. ...Read more

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Atrial septum defects: right to left shunt, what is all this?

Atrial septum defects: right to left shunt, what is all this?

ASD: Usually with an atrial septal defect the blood flow or shunt goes from left to right, however, in some situations when there is pulmonary hypertension the shunting goes from right to left. The problem with that is it causes some of the blood to bypass the lungs and not get the oxygen needed to bring to the tissues. ...Read more

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My boy he has atrial septum defect, its not life threatening is it?

My boy he has atrial septum defect, its not life threatening is it?

Generally No: Usually not. This defect can lead to the heart straing due to the shunting of blood to the wrong place, but generally does not cause acute life threatening problems. A pediatric cardiologist can guide you for the specific details of your child's situation. ...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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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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Pfo or atrial septum defect==are they the most common problems in infants of diabetics?

Pfo or atrial septum defect==are they the most common problems in infants of diabetics?

Maybe and no: I'm not a pediatric cardiologist and can't tell you definitively if they are the "commonest" problems in infants but, for sure, they're not nearly the commonest problem in patients with diabetes (whom i see everyday). Remember, newborns normally have patent foramen ovale which closes shortly (but may be delayed) after birth. ...Read more

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I have a deviated septum in my nose. Is this a congenital defect and/or heritable?

I have a deviated septum in my nose. Is this a congenital defect and/or heritable?

Deviated septum: A deviated septum is a common issue. It can be caused by trauma, position in utero and even during the birth process. If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist ...Read more

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Ventricular septic defect is the reason I fail to gain weight? ?

Ventricular septic defect is the reason I fail to gain weight? ?

Not likely: It really depends upon how severe the ventricular septal defect is. Most VSD's are very minor, meaning that almost no blood is shunted from one ventricle to the other. In those cases they do not cause any symptoms. If there is significant shunting, you might experience breathing difficulties, fluid buildup and also failure to gain. However failure to gain would never be the only symptom. ...Read more

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What exactly is ventricular septal defect?

What exactly is ventricular septal defect?

A hole in the heart: A ventricular septal defect is one of the most common forms of congenital heart disease, and it consists of a hole in the muscular septum that separates the right and left ventricles (lower pumping chambers). The size and location of the hole determines whether or not surgery is necessary to fix the defect. In many instances, a vsd may spontaneously close without the need for an operation. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ?Ventricular septal defect?

How do you treat a ?Ventricular septal defect?

No u: Depending on the size, sometimes a vsd will close on its own. Other times a patch or surgery is required. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ventricular septal defect?

What are the tests for ventricular septal defect?

Several tests. : There are several tests: physical exam, cxr, ekg, echocardiogram and catheterization. Really the best test is an echocardiogram (with a good physical exam); this should give all the necessary information about the vsd and help guide treatment. Vsds tend to close on their own over time but if they don't and cause symptoms, an operation may be required (usually with excellent outcomes). ...Read more

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Ventricular septal defect repair is done by whom?

VSD repair: Generally a vsd will be repaired by pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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