10 doctors weighed in:
What will happen if I don’t' close the asd in my child's heart?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Shorter life span
Large and long-standing atrial septal defects can damage your heart and lungs.
An adult who has had an atrial septal defect for decades may have a shortened life span from heart failure or high blood pressure in the lungs.

In brief: Shorter life span
Large and long-standing atrial septal defects can damage your heart and lungs.
An adult who has had an atrial septal defect for decades may have a shortened life span from heart failure or high blood pressure in the lungs.
Dr. Barton Cook
Dr. Barton Cook
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Roll the dice
The ASD removes the lungs as a screening mechanism for the stuff that may end up in the blood.
Germs, clots etc that might otherwise end up tossed to the side can end up in the brain causing a stroke or infection. If you want to live with that, be my guest. Sorry if I'm too blunt, but some of this is just heartbreaking.

In brief: Roll the dice
The ASD removes the lungs as a screening mechanism for the stuff that may end up in the blood.
Germs, clots etc that might otherwise end up tossed to the side can end up in the brain causing a stroke or infection. If you want to live with that, be my guest. Sorry if I'm too blunt, but some of this is just heartbreaking.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rhythm problems
Rhythm problems with significantly impaired quality of life as an adult.

In brief: Rhythm problems
Rhythm problems with significantly impaired quality of life as an adult.
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Dr. Matthias Peuster
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: Depends
If the ASD is very small, then there may be little issues.
But if large, then this can lead to increased blood flow to the lungs which can cause permanent damage. There is also a small, but real, possibility of increasing stroke risk as an adult. Please discuss these issues with the child's cardiologist.

In brief: Depends
If the ASD is very small, then there may be little issues.
But if large, then this can lead to increased blood flow to the lungs which can cause permanent damage. There is also a small, but real, possibility of increasing stroke risk as an adult. Please discuss these issues with the child's cardiologist.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: Right heart damage
The ASD causes a chronic stress on the right side of the heart since it must pump the extra blood that comes through the hole.
Over many years, the function of the right ventricle can decrease which may be permanent. Typically an ASD is repaired before 5 years of age to avoid this problem.

In brief: Right heart damage
The ASD causes a chronic stress on the right side of the heart since it must pump the extra blood that comes through the hole.
Over many years, the function of the right ventricle can decrease which may be permanent. Typically an ASD is repaired before 5 years of age to avoid this problem.
Dr. William Scott
Dr. William Scott
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