FAQ - Heart Septal Defects, Atrial
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i need information about ASD (atrial septal defect aka "hole in the heart") PLEASE HELP?

a friend of mine, a 19 year old girl has a hole in her heart (ASD) and has started to get very sharp pains from her heart for the last 24 hours. and also there are unexplained bruises on the left hand side of her body just where her heart is (and no she did not fall or get hit, or hit her ribs or anything, she woke up with these bruises just where the heart is). does anyone know what this means?

and yes she is going to see the doctoer.. just need some extra information please.. thanks in advance

it is possible, if a little unlikely, that the blood has leaked from there into the pericardium, bruises are a general indicator of some kind of damage so my guess would be that there is a leak in the heart somewhere, it is easily fixed, and more routine then you might think.  (+ info)

What is the safest Atrial Septal Defect closure method?

I have ASD, but i have two holes inbetween the atriums of my heart both around .75cm in diameter whats the safest way to go about closeing the ASD? ie. one of the holes is a little close to the valve were the NA Node is at)

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Cor Triatriatum along with Atrial septal defect of the heart?

Just found out my 3yr old daughter may have both of these, I knew about the A.S.D just after she was born, but now today the Cor Triatriatum. Done a little research and this seems to be very rare. How serious is this? I understand that there can be a total blockage or just a little etc, and also that the ASD is probably a good thing, so as not to build up pressure, so what do i look for in her and should i get this looked at again sooner, doctors want to see her in 9mths?, Any knowledge would be great, looked at most of the internet I think..My daughter has down syndrome. Thx

Blue finger nail beds and lips (cyanoses), shortness of breath, squatting during activities may be sign of poor oxygenation.

Illness and death is very high in those diagnosed during infancy. As the child grows oxygen demands will increase and subsequently demands more work from the circulatory system particularly heart and lungs. So listlessness and fatigue would become more evident. The child may be considered for some form of surgery be it a vascular approach or open heart surgery.

Good to see you are a dedicated parent and advocate who is taking a proactive responsibility to finding the best care for your daughter.  (+ info)

Is atrial septal defect the same thing as patent ductus arteriosus?

The description sounds the same to me. I'm trying to get into the military and they'll make an exception for patent ductus arteriosus. I was diagnosed with atrial septal defect and they sound like the same thing.

Are they?

No, they are not the same.
If it hasn't bothered you so far in life why not talk to a recruiter?
An ASD may be so small that it doesn’t need treatment.  (+ info)

Are there any medical guidelines for people with congenital heart defects and tattoos?

I have a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and want a tattoo. I have been cleared from taking antibiotics for dental work but still need them for surgery. Is it safe to get a tattoo and should I take antibiotics as a prevention?

Yes, so you simply take from antibiotics. That's just the way it is  (+ info)

The most common cyanotic congenital heart defect that is actually a combination of four defects is called?

ventricular septal defect.
patent ductus arteriosus.
tetralogy of Fallot.
none of the above.

Tetralogy of Fallot

From Wikipedia:
"Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a congenital heart defect which is classically understood to involve four anatomical abnormalities (although only three of them are always present). It is the most common cyanotic heart defect, representing 55-70%, and the most common cause of blue baby syndrome."  (+ info)

Chances of passing ASD, Atrial Septal Defect, to a child?

I was born with ASD, and had open heart surgery to repair the defect when I was a child. My brother and sister had the same problem and required surgical intervention, as did my father and my grandfather. I have heard some people say that this is genetic, and it seems so to me. Will my child have this problem?

ASD is caused by genetic and environmental factors. Please obtain genetic counselling. They will be able to evaluate your personal genetic history and tell you the statistical probability of your children having ASD.  (+ info)

How bad is an atrial septal defect that is 3.4 centimeters in a 32 year old man?

Please do not convert centimeters to inches because I already know how big the hole is

Well, that's a fairly big ASD. And the person is an adult - they won't grow anymore so the chance for the ASD to close on its own has passed. And because of the hole, he's Cyanotic - skin tinged slightly blue, has no stamina, and tires easily.

The good news is that it can be fixed. The bad news is the only way to fix it is open heart surgery. Heart Surgery isn't as bad as it used to be - in about the same time as summer break, you'll be over it, feeling better... and no more Cyanosis!  (+ info)

Atrial septal defect with left to right shunt in a 17year old, newly diagnosed?

My 17 year old daughter has just been diagnosed as having a large atrial septal defect with left to right shunt and we are waiting urgent referral to a specialist in congenital heart defects. Any idea what may be done? she gets short of breath, suffers from migraines, and has palpitations. She was diagnosed with a systolic murmer at birth, and was a bad feeder, (we had to feed every two hours throughout the night until she was weaned at 3 months). The paediatrician discharged her after a few years as he said the murmur wasnt getting any worse and she would be fine? How was the hole and the shunting not picked up then? Any advice would be most welcome. as she is adamant that she will NOT have surgery. She says she is only 17 and doesnt want a scar. Help please.

This defect was there while she was in her womb and the only way to correct this defect is surgery.The pediatric med did not guide you properly into this and your daughter's Echo cardiography must have been done when she was a year old to see if the morphology of her heart was normal or not.

The normal heart morphology is as such that the right and left chamber(left auricle and left ventricle & right auricle and right ventricle) are designed to pump the blood from the body to the lungs(right side chambers) and back from lungs to the body(Left side chambers) divided by a wall called septum, to keep both the blood flows separate.

Even if the tricuspid valve in between the auricle and ventricle does not works properly then the patient suffers from a lot of problems as the blood regurgitates and accumulates back in either the body or the lungs depending the side of the heart . So her case is more serious.

In her heart the septal wall is not fully developed or closed and hence allows leakage into the adjacent chambers. This leads to the mixing of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood( as the deoxygenated blood from the right chambers coming from the body leaks into the freshly oxygenated blood in the left chambers coming from the lungs) and that causes ischemia ( shortness of breath).

If this condition will continue then she will develop a heart failure where the functions of her heart will be reduced and her lungs will suffer a lot.

Tell her for not having a scar, she has the option of death. Odd, blunt and rude it may sound but this is a life threatening condition which will worsen with time.

Consult your cardiologist and go as he says, there is no other option. On the positive side after the surgery is done, she will have a normal and healthy life.

There is no time to waste, take your decisions with proper cardiac consultations and guidance and as soon as possible.  (+ info)

Chances of second baby having heart defect?

I have a 3 month old boy with Pulmonary Stenosis and Atrial Septal Defect. Both are mild and being monitored, although im not yet planning on another baby out of curiosity what are my chances of having a second baby with congenital heart defects?

We asked the doctor the same question - we have twins and our daughter has Aortic Stenosis, she will undergo surgery this summer. . . the Cardiologist told us that most congenital heart defect causes are still a mystery, they tend to develop in the first trimester and although lots of people are studying it, no one really knows too much about the why it happens to some children and not others.

We are currently participating in a study that took DNA samples from my husband, myself and our twins. Evidently, we are an interesting case given that we have twins - one with a defect and one without.

Best wishes to you and your little one - feel free to email me through my profile.  (+ info)

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