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.
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.

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What does it mean to have atrial septal defect?

Atrial septal defect. An atrial septel defect is a hole or opening in the tissue that separates the left and right atrium. They are classified by location and named primum, secundum or patent foramen ovale. They can be observed or in some cases treated surgically to close them. Read more...

What does it mean if my child has atrial septal defect?

Atrial septal defect. 4 types. Ostium primum, ostium secundum, sinus venosus asd, patent foramen ovale. Ostium primum and sinus venosus require open heart repair. Secundum, depending on size may be amenable to clamshell device vs open heart surgery repair. Pfo most amenable to endovascular repair. Diagnosed by echocardiogram, cardiac cath. Shunt fraction, arrythmias, reversibility of pulmonary hypertension all important. Read more...
Hole in wall. You have 2 upper chambers in the heart & 2 lower.An atrial septal defect is a hole in the wall between the upper chambers. It is under less pressure than the lower chambers so it often causes no obvious problems early on. Most are closed using various methods before school age. Read more...

What to do if I have atrial septal defect repaired?

Confusing question. If you had a problem and got it fixed, what is your concern? Most would expect you to followup with your physician periodically, but beyond that, the intent of your question is elusive. If you can define it better, reword it and submit a new question to the site. Read more...

I have atrial septal defect. Can I exercise still? What can I do to prevent worsening of right ventricular hypertrophy from to asd before surgery?

Lay low. Normal activities are ok to be continued probably avoid heavy exercise like weight lifting that increases the intra thoracic pressure . No scubar diving. Read more...
Yes. You may continue to exercise normally. It would be prudent to abstain from scuba diving. The enlargement of the right heart is caused by the extra volume of blood flowing into the right heart through the asd. It will improve after the ASD is closed. Read more...
Likely But Ask MD. You likely can still exercise. In fact, exercise is often good to promote your overall cardiovascular health. There is not much you can do to prevent rvh, though some studies suggest that regular cardiovascular exercise may help by reducing your pulmonary artery pressures. Discuss this with your physician before starting an exercise program though. Read more...