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.
Varies. This is one of the more common congenital heart defects and many pediatricians recognize it by location and sound at birth or within a few days. As many as 1/2 will close on their own by a year of age. The bigger ones may produce no murmur early on and may require patching when they are old enough & big enough for the docs to consider the timing right.

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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...

What are the tests for ventricular septal defect?

Echocardiogram. Auscultation will reveal a murmur. Confirm diagnosis with an echo, ultrasound of heart. Read more...
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...

What are the signs of? A ventricular septal defect?

VSD. A vsd is a hole between the bottom two pumping chambers of the heart. Symptoms are usually based on age and size. A young infant born with a large vsd can progressive to congestive heart failure. The right ventricle receives extra blood flow from the left and sends it to the lungs resulting in fluid overload. Some medications used are Lasix (furosemide) to manage medically as infant gains weight before surgery. Read more...

What is the symptoms of having a ventricular septal defect?

Depends on size. Many vsds are mild and close on their own. Some are quite big and need surgery to repair them. Symptoms can be nothing to fatigue from shunting blood the wrong way. There is usually a loud heart murmur but that does not cause symptoms alone. A cardiologist can provide more information for the specific patient. Read more...
Depends on age. Symptoms depend on age and the size of the vsd. Small vsds usually are asymptomatic except for a murmur heard on exam. Moderate to large vsds usually present with respiratory distress, sweating, poor feeding and poor weight gain in infants (1-2 mo old). Also exercise intolerance in older children. Read more...