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Congenital Heart, Atrial Septal Defect. Has anyone had sufficient results from the Amplatzer Occluder?


Atrial Septal Defect is a Congenital Heart Defect. A hole between the two upper chambers. I'm a 47 year old male in good physical condition that was just recently diagnosed. The Amplatzer Occluder is a stent like devise that is inserted into the groin area and delivered to the heart chambers where it opens up like an "umbrella on one side and the the other itself to fill in the hole and close.
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ironically i just got this done 2 days ago and i am at home feeling fine. I am eighteen years old and have bounced back well so far.. if you want to keep in touch i can let you know how long it takes for me to start working out again. the hole in my heart was moderately large.. about an inch big, and it is all closed up now. my groin is quite sore but that will go away in about a week. I am so glad they didn't go ahead with open heart.  (+ info)

Is Atrial Septal Defect considered as a heart disease? I mean even after it is repaired and completely covered


It is considered a congenital heart disease. A disease by definition is an abnormal condition of an organism that impairs bodily functions. After it is repaired, however, it would no longer be a disease.  (+ info)

cor triatriatum/atrial septal defect of the heart..Where can I find more information?


I want to find out how many cases worldwide, success rate of surgery, who has performed the surgerys and details of the way it was done, long term health needs, etc etc.
Where can I find this information? Surely a medical book of some sort? I need directions other than the net...thx
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I think you got to do a web search on search engine.My advise is do individual countries search or continent.  (+ info)

Congenital Heart Defect - atrial septal defect?


Which method is better in detecting or affirming the presence of a congenital heart defect, especially the atrial septal defect? is it MRI or ECG?
Thank you!
What if compare MRI with Echocardiogram?
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An ECG alone is of limited value in detecting or affirming the presence of a congenital heart defect. While some heart defects, including primum and secunding ASDs, are associated with specific ECG findings, ECGs are neither sensitive nor specific enough for a doctor to rely on them alone.

MRI provides very high resolution images of the cardiac anatomy and, done properly, is probably THE best imaging study that we have at the present time to detect the presence of congenital heart lesions. The problem is that MRI is VERY expensive and is therefore not really considered to be a "first line" imaging study. For many congenital heart defects, an echocardiogram can provide all the necessary information. In those situations, MRI is overkill.

MRI is almost never inferior to echocardiograms, though, unless you consider patients who have pacemakers or ICDs and are therefore not always able to have MRI imaging. Hope that answers your question!  (+ info)

Mummies & Daddies!! Have you heard of any policy for BB with Atrial Septal Defect (hole-heart)?


Can anyone advise me if there is any insurance policy for baby with Atrial Septal Defect? We need some form of coverage for major illnesses, accidents. I understand there may be exclusions on heart-related illnesses, this is of course acceptable. We also need education-saving plan..... My current agent is not helpful on this. I need since sharing & advice. Can someone help??? Thanks alot in advance.
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My 4 month old daughter was just diagnosed with ASD. While it has an 80% chance of closing on its own by the time she's 15 months old, she will be monitored by a Cardiac Pediatrician every few months to see if the condition is getting better. This is done by way of an office exam and an ultrasound. The only one who can best answer tyour question is an insurance agent. If your baby has been officially diagnosed, then this will be considered a pre-existing condition. Your agent can apply to different insurance companies and see if there are any who are willing to write a policy and cover for the ASD.

We have our daughter covered under BCBS, but wanted to switch to a different category within BCBS (to save money) and found out that even though the carrier is the same, they may deny coverage for ASD as a pre-existing condition. My agent is applying to BCBS Kids and another company called "Assurant" with disclosure about the ASD to see if they're willing to cover. If not, we will stay with the original BCBS we currently have.

There's no harm is having an agent ask. Good luck. I know the bills can be costly.  (+ info)

Has anyone else had a similar experience with atrial septal defects and misdiagnosed bipolar / depression?


I was diagnosed about five years ago when I was 20 as being a depressive bipolar with generalized anxiety and panic disorder, OCD and depression. I was put on all the usual bipolar meds. Seroquel, Lithium, Lamictal, Zyprexa, SSRIs, Klonopin and a few other medications were tried. I was not helped by any of these medications ( with the exception of Klonopin) and I remained highly suicidal for several years. (I had had previous bouts of severe depression since I was about 8.) I did lots of research and found something on the net called non-epileptic siezures on the American Epiliptic website. It sounded like me so I then sent myself to a Cardiologist who discovered a 16 mm hole in my atrial wall. Hence the Atrial Septal Defect. This 'hole in the heart' was repaired last June and the final results are in from the Cardiologist's office - the hole has now healed over. Since the process of healing the hole in the heart began I began to feel better - less depressed. I can now say that I no longer have any depression and have been this way for 6 months. I am also no longer panicky, obsessive or compulsive. The best part is I am not on medication! My cousin's wife (who suffered from a PFO heart condition) also had sugery and is no longer depressed. I am just wondering if anyone else has had similar heart procedures and what the effect was on them. Has anyone else been misdiagnosed as bipolar or depressed when it really was a heart condition? I have also a friend whose child was on the autism spectrum and actually had cardiac issues. I would be interested in your experiences.
Thanks!
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I'm not aware that there has been any documented link between cardiac wall abnormalities (ASD, PFO, VSD, etc.) and any sort of psychiatric issues. I can also think of no pathophysiologic mechanism that would link the two other than psychosomatic. Oftentimes repair of this type of defect does cause more 'efficient' transport of the blood through the heart and lungs, resulting in the person being less tired, which could be interpreted by the person as being less depressed. This wouldn't do anything about OCD, mania, or GAD though. It's still an interesting observation, and I'm glad you're feeling better. Six months does not confirm or rule out any diagnosis however, neither does anecdotal evidence of friends and family members who seem to fit the same situation. I would encourage you not to jump to the conclusion that you were misdiagnosed or have been cured by the surgery. Sometimes people in their twenties find they've simply grown out of their teenage depression and anxiety simply as a result of developing confidence or becoming more mature and comfortable in their bodies.  (+ info)

What is the best Clinic or Hospital in the USA and in Canada to perform surgery in a Atrial Septal defect SVD


I am 29 years old and have recently discovered that I have a rare type of congenital heart defect. It is So-called Sinus Venosus defects and is the least common type of Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). The defect is a hole in the wall (septum) between the top two chambers of the heart (Atria). There are three types of ASD's named in relation to their position in the atrial septum, mine is the Sinus Venosus, and is relatively uncommon.
The doctors said that I will need a surgical closure of the defect. But I would like a second opinion before undergoing surgery.
So I would like to know what is the best clinic or hospital in the USA and in Canada to do such surgery.
In doing my research I came across the Mayo Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
I also have read that Edmonton in Canada has pretty good Hospitals dealing with heart surgery procedures. So I would greatly appreciate if anyone could give me indications of excellent hospitals that perform that surgery
I also would like to know if anyone knows how much would that surgery cost.
Could anyone who has done it tell me how much you paid for the entire surgery procedure, including the pos-surgery cost?
PS: I am not an American citizen, and I don't live in the USA. I will have to pay for my entire surgery, so any information about the total cost of the surgery would be great.

Thank you very for your attention to this matter.
Thank you very much for your attention to this matter
ruggertx could you help me wiht my question?
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im from edmonton alberta and yes you are right, We have many hospitals here that are world reknown for heart surgery primarily the university of alberta hospital. I want you to go to this site http://www.capitalhealth.ca/EspeciallyFor/HeartSchool/Treatments/ADC.htm . and call them Reviewed by Alberta clinical experts. For more health information call Capital Health Link at (780)-408-5465 24 hours a day, seven days a week.as you see area code is 780.  (+ info)

how does an atrial septal heart defect affect my health?


Im 27 years old. 28 in a month. I was born with a hole the size of a quarter in my upper right chamber. I had surgery when I was five and they closed it up with polyester. Now I went in for a check-up because I was having chest pain and my heart would beat so fast for no reason. Especially at night. I went in and they said i had a atrial septal heart defect. They told me not to worry for now. But they do want to do an ultra sound every 6 months. This is how Brittany Murphy died, right? Should I be concerned?
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A small atrial septal defect may never cause any problems. Small atrial septal defects often close during infancy.

Larger defects can cause mild to life-threatening problems:

* Pulmonary hypertension. If a large atrial septal defect goes untreated, increased blood flow to your lungs increases the blood pressure in the lung arteries (pulmonary hypertension).
* Eisenmenger syndrome. In rare cases, pulmonary hypertension can cause permanent lung damage, and it becomes irreversible. This complication, called Eisenmenger syndrome, usually develops over many years and occurs only in a small percentage of people with large atrial septal defects.

Other potential complications of an *untreated* atrial septal defect include:

* Right-sided heart failure
* Heart rhythm abnormalities
* Increased risk of a stroke

Treatment can prevent or help manage many of these complications. It is not as though it is untreatable. With treatment, you will come out of it a winner.  (+ info)

Does Atrial Septal Defect(ASD)orVentricular Septal Defect(VSD) affect some population groups more than others?


I'm doing a biology project over Congenital heart defects, and this is one of the questions. I've searched for it, but failed to find the answer. Please site your source. Also, if you know, what human genetic disorders are most likely to have ASD or VSD.
Parents that have CHD have a slight chance of passing it on. And people with genetic disorders have a higher chance of getting it. (ex. Down's Syndrome)
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CHD is usaully just a flook there is no cause most of the time.  (+ info)

Is ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) a hereditary condition?


My fiance and I are expecting a son this summer. My fiance has ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) - a hole in his heart. Is this something our son could inherit from him?

(I've told my doctor and they'll be doing a specific ultrasound on the baby's heart soon looking for this.)
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Your son is at a higher risk of having ASD than the general population who do not have a parent or close relative with ASD. Your son has a 1.5% chance of having ASD since your fiance also has an ASD.

Congratulations and good luck.

The cardiologist you see or your OB are the best people to address your concerns.  (+ info)

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