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Is atrial septal defect considered a heart disease?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Pediatrics - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Even though "disease" may carry a connotation of "infection" in every day language, in medicine it means that there is some pathology or abnormality.

In brief: Yes

Even though "disease" may carry a connotation of "infection" in every day language, in medicine it means that there is some pathology or abnormality.
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
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Dr. Bennett Werner
I hadn't read Dr. Lowell's answer before I answered, but I certainly agree with him!
Dr. Steven Ajluni
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Congenital defect

Asd's are congenital heart defects wherein blood is shunted from the left atrium (oxygenated) to the right atrium (deoxygenated) circulations.
When this shunt is significant (shunt ratio greater than 1.8) or if there are symptoms of dyspnea or right sided pressure/volume overload (pulmonary hypertension), the asd's should be corrected either surgically or by catheterization techniques.

In brief: Congenital defect

Asd's are congenital heart defects wherein blood is shunted from the left atrium (oxygenated) to the right atrium (deoxygenated) circulations.
When this shunt is significant (shunt ratio greater than 1.8) or if there are symptoms of dyspnea or right sided pressure/volume overload (pulmonary hypertension), the asd's should be corrected either surgically or by catheterization techniques.
Dr. Steven Ajluni
Dr. Steven Ajluni
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

In medicine, there's "normal" and there's "disease".
Since it isn't normal, by definition, it's a disease. We tend to think of disease as something you "catch" but congenital abnormalities are also diseases. Perhaps you're wondering if it's serious? Depends on size. Some are, some aren't.

In brief: Yes

In medicine, there's "normal" and there's "disease".
Since it isn't normal, by definition, it's a disease. We tend to think of disease as something you "catch" but congenital abnormalities are also diseases. Perhaps you're wondering if it's serious? Depends on size. Some are, some aren't.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

An ASD is a structural malformation of the heart that occurs when the normal sequence of events closing the atrial septum does not finish its work.
While an untreated defect may result in a heart related problem (rhythm defect or congestive failure) the defect just makes you more vulnerable to a heart condition.

In brief: No

An ASD is a structural malformation of the heart that occurs when the normal sequence of events closing the atrial septum does not finish its work.
While an untreated defect may result in a heart related problem (rhythm defect or congestive failure) the defect just makes you more vulnerable to a heart condition.
Dr. James Ferguson
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