How should I handle my son's atrial septal defect?

Cardiologist. Depends on the size, location and child's age. Many small asds can close on their own while others require catheterization or open heart surgery. Your cardiologist can best guide your treatment options/plan.

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My son has atrial septal defect with aortic insufficiency. How serious is this?

Depends on severity. If the atrial septal defect is large enough that it is causing enlargement of the heart's rt side he needs to have it closed either with surgery or more likely with one of several types of devices done in the cath lab with no scar. As for the aortic insufficiency, this will depend on the severity; mild degrees can be followed, moderate to severe may need medications or intervention. See your doc. Read more...

What is an atrial septal defect?

Defect in wall. An ASD is a defect (opening) in the wall (septum) that should form to separate the upper chambers of the heart. Read more...

How bad is an atrial septal defect?

ASD. It is variable, depending on the size of the opening and the amount of blood traveling across it. Sometimes they are diagnosed in childhood, others are picked up in adults. They are closed if the size is significant either surgically or using catheters. But if they are small they can be followed and monitored with echocardiograms. Read more...

What exactly is atrial septal defect?

ASD. An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a communication (hole) in the atrial septum (wall between top two chambers of the heart). It usually results in extra blood flowing through hole from left to right side resulting in eventual enlargement of the right side of the heart. This can take years to decades depending on size of defect. ASD closed with surgery or interventional cardiology (device closure). Read more...

I have an atrial septal defect. Advise?

See a cardiologist. This can be serious, as a blood clot from the lower legs can cross the ASD and cause a stroke. Read more...
Must be evaluated. You need an echocardiogram and a catheterization. The size of the shunt must be evaluated. Based on the findings, surgery may be needed. If you need surgery, i would search for a surgeon with minimally invasive experience. Read more...

Is asd (atrial septal defect) hereditary?

Not completely. The genetic influence of congenital heart defects travels on several different genes & there is some risk for first degree relatives (offspring, sibs). The risk for offspring to have some heart defect (not the same) runs ~4% while it jumps to 6-8% if both parents have some form of defect. Of some interest, there is a basic 4% risk of some unexpected outcome for any pregnancy. (defect, premi, illness). Read more...
Yes, but complex. There is a hereditary component to atrial septal defects. Some patients with known genetic syndromes have ASDs as well. In most cases though, the mechanism of heritability is complex. Please discuss these issues with your physician to determine your specific risks. Read more...

What's it mean to have atrial septal defect?

Depends... Depends on the size and the amount of blood it is allowing to leak from the left to the right heart chambers which in turn causes strain on the right heart. This can cause shortness of breath and arrhythmias. Patient with medium size defects may not have any problems until their middle age and patients with smaller defects can lead a full healthy life without even knowing it. Read more...
4 types. Congenital absence of part or all of the interatrial septum. Secundum, primum type, sinus venosus type, foramen ovale type and unroofed coronary sinus(does not involve the septum but behaves the same). These lesions result in left to right shunting and right ventricular and pulmonary volume overload. May be missed at birth, symptoms worse after 2 weeks old if large. Diagnosed on echocardiogram. Read more...

What are the tests for atrial septal defect?

Echocardiogram. Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart that can see if there is a hole between the 2 upper chambers of the heart (atrial septal defect). A cardiac catherization can also determine if ASD exist, but is invasive. Read more...
ECHOCARDIOGRAM. Echocardiogram, transesophageal or surface, cardiac catheretization with oxymetry, cardiac mri, vectocardiogram. Read more...

What are the symptoms of atrial septal defect?

Usually none. Most people with asds do not have symptoms. Most children are diagnosed when sent to a cardiologist for a murmur. However, as people age, they can develop right heart failure with swelling of their extremities, liver enlargement, and decreased ability to exercise. Wit hthe most severe cases, patients turn blue. Some young patients get more frequent and/or more severe respiratory infections. Read more...
Shortness of breath. Many asds are asymptomatic, but when patients have symptoms, it's usually shortness of breath and exercise intolerance. If the ASD has been present for many years, it may cause an abnormal heart rhythm as well as lung injury. Read more...