Is endocardial cushion defect considered a heart disease?

Yes. Unfortunately the names for some defects are confusing. Endocardial cushion defect is an older term. Atrioventricular canal is also an older term for the same entity. The current term for this defect is atrioventricular septal defect and is often abbreviated as avsd.
Yes. Also known as an atrio-ventricular septal defect, or av canal defect, it is a type of congenital heart defect. There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect (hole) in the center of the heart. There is also one common av valve , rather than 2 distinct valves (mitral and tricuspid valves). It is commonly but not necessarily associated with down syndrome. Surgical repair is required in infancy.

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Is an endocardial cushion defect considered heart disease?

Yes. These are problems in the middle of the heart affecting the valves and usually requiring surgery to repair. Read more...
Words matter. This is a birth defect, where the walls within the heart and sometimes the valves are not formed correctly.It will need some corrective surgery. A heart disease by general definition is a condition where the structures deteriorate over time due to some insult or chronic issue, like a viral heart infection , blood vessel disease from high cholesterol, heart enlargement from hypertension, etc. Read more...

What to do if I had surgery to correct what the doctors called endocardial cushion defect, would this be considered a form of heart disease, or just a defect?

Endocardial defect. Endocardial cushion defect is a hole in the heart. Repair of it may leave you in very good shape but some kinds of cushion defect still leave you with problems after repair. You should discuss with the doctor(s) who know your exact situation. Read more...

What sort of disorder is an endocardial cushion defect?

AV canal. Also known as an av canal, or atrio-ventricular septal defect, it is a type of congenital heart defect. There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect in the center of the heart. There is also one common av valve , rather than 2 distinct valves (mitral and tricuspid valves). It is commonly but not necessarily associated with down syndrome. Surgical repair is required in infancy. Read more...

Looking for Down syndrome due to endocardial cushion defect. Why?

Very common problem . Endocardial cushion defects are often seen in down syndrome. If it is detected prenatally, you would want a test to check if the baby has down syndrome. Read more...

Is atrial septal defect considered a heart disease?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Is atrial septal defect considered to be a heart disease?

Yes and no. ASD is considered a congenital heart defect(present at birth). Failure to receive corrective treatment during childhood can lead to secondary heart conditions including rhythm disturbances, or heart dysfunction. It is more a matter of how you define the term. Read more...