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Does having an open asd cause any problems with longevity?
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Dr. James Wilentz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
An ASD with a pulmonary to systemic flow ratio of greater than 1.
5 has a significant likelihood of causing problems as the patient ages. With age BP rises as does the tension inside the left ventricle. The lack of elasticity eventually gets transferred to the right side with increasing pressures in the pulmonary circuit. Once pulmonary resistance rises to systemic levels it is too late.

In brief: Yes
An ASD with a pulmonary to systemic flow ratio of greater than 1.
5 has a significant likelihood of causing problems as the patient ages. With age BP rises as does the tension inside the left ventricle. The lack of elasticity eventually gets transferred to the right side with increasing pressures in the pulmonary circuit. Once pulmonary resistance rises to systemic levels it is too late.
Dr. James Wilentz
Dr. James Wilentz
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
An ASD has the potential of producing significant problems as patients grow older. If found in infancy, they are watched & may close spontaneously.
Elective closure by a variety of methods is done before school age. The opening increases risk of thrombotic stroke in adulthood, atrial rhythm disturbances, lung problems etc. Based on degree of opening.

In brief: Yes
An ASD has the potential of producing significant problems as patients grow older. If found in infancy, they are watched & may close spontaneously.
Elective closure by a variety of methods is done before school age. The opening increases risk of thrombotic stroke in adulthood, atrial rhythm disturbances, lung problems etc. Based on degree of opening.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
An ASD (atrial septal defect) allows excessive blood flow to the lungs that overtime can harm the vessels in the lungs.
In addition, enlargement of the atria as a result of the defect can make you prone to abnormal heart rhythms. Finally, clots that form in the legs may reach the heart and cross over to the left side of the heart and gain access to the brain (stroke). These can impact longevity.

In brief: Yes
An ASD (atrial septal defect) allows excessive blood flow to the lungs that overtime can harm the vessels in the lungs.
In addition, enlargement of the atria as a result of the defect can make you prone to abnormal heart rhythms. Finally, clots that form in the legs may reach the heart and cross over to the left side of the heart and gain access to the brain (stroke). These can impact longevity.
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: Possibly
The answer depends on the size and consequences of the ASD on your lung and heart function.
Please see your cardiologist to discuss your specific prognosis.

In brief: Possibly
The answer depends on the size and consequences of the ASD on your lung and heart function.
Please see your cardiologist to discuss your specific prognosis.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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