FAQ - Heart Septal Defects
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Can you see heart defects on a fetus on a 16 week ultrasound?

yes, at your 16-20 week sultrasound is generally called a biophysical ultrasoun dbecause they are measuring th ebabies growth v. "standard growth" vital organs, kidney, stomach, liver, intestine, heart, brain for function and deformity, based on the results they will generally order more tests if something looks defective, such as a calcium deposit on the heart (spot on the heart) enlagrged or small for age organs, etc...  (+ info)

Is a septal defect of the heart always something you are born with or can it occur later in life?

When I was a baby I had a septal defect (not sure which kind), but then they apparently said it had healed over on it's own. Now I'm 22 and having a lot of heart symptoms (extreme SOB, racing heart, fatigue, etc) and I saw a doctor today who said I have a "murmur" and then gave me a paper to have an echocardiagram done in 1 month, and the paper said "has septal defect". I am super confused. This doctor has horrible bedside manner and wasn't telling me anything that was going on. So long story short, I'm wondering if this could be a new spontaneous "septal defect" or if it could be the same one I had a birth that has just grown?
My parents do not remember whether it was an ASD or VSD, and the Doctor back then said that the echo showed it was closed. I'm having another echo done in a month, but could I be just that the one I had at birth may have looked closed on the echo, but has now since gotten larger?

There are cases where there are residual defects, but those are generally left after a surgery is needed to close one in childhood. It's possible you have a residual defect involving the mitral valve, or you have simply developed a mitral valve prolapse. It would really require the echo-cardiogram to be able to tell you a lot more than that. But it is also possible that the doctor heard some other kind of murmur that suggests your original defect did not actually close. Not having heard the murmur, I can't tell you more. It's a shame the bedside manner was so horrible, and he should have been willing to explain it all to you. If it's possible to switch cardiologists, I would suggest doing it. Either that, or corner the current one and demand a better explanation for things. It is your body, and your heart, and you have a right to know and understand everything that goes on. Otherwise, what he has is not informed consent, and you can hang him out to dry for that. Remind him of that if you need to. A patient has the right to explanations they can understand, and a full disclosure of all their medical problems, and the doctor has the responsibility to provide it.  (+ 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?

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?

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)

why are there more deaths among adult males than adult females as a result of congenital heart defects?

The gender gap is slowly closing. But researchers think the cause is stress. Men traditionally have been seen as the bread winner and caretaker of the family and home. As women continue playing a larger (sometimes the only) role in the family income and ensuring the family is cared for, women are feeling the same stress. Women also process stress differently from men. Men tend to keep much of it pent-up inside. Harmones may also play a role here. Men have a much higher level of testostrone than women.  (+ 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)

CHD is usaully just a flook there is no cause most of the time.  (+ info)

can an echocardiogram detect congenital heart defects?

i guess my question should be can it find all heart defects or diseases, congenital or acquired

yes, if they're structural the echo will see them, the same is the lessions cause problems with the contraction of the muscle or there's a anormality in the direction of the blood flows.-
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Heart disease (Congenital heart defects) and hot tube question? ?

I have a daughter who has very complex heart defects (also called heart disease) and I read somewhere, that if you have a heart problem you should not go into a hot tube? Is that right? If so, what does it do to heart patients?

That is right, no hot tub or sauna. It stresses the heart, and can cause death.  (+ info)

can congenital heart defects be detected on a regular prenatal ultrasound?

Yes. A heart defect can be detected in your baby using an ultrasound study or echocardiography, which is the name used for a specialized cardiac ultrasound. Diagnosis of a serious heart defect before your baby is born enables doctors to further examine the defect, closely monitor your child's overall health, carefully plan for your baby's delivery and ensure a smooth transition to the necessary specialized care after birth. In some cases, your baby may be a candidate for in utero treatment.

The common practice is for heart defects to be detected between 16 and 22 weeks. This is the usual age at which most pregnant women undergo a screening obstetric ultrasound. Some serious heart defects can be detected as early as 14 weeks.

Fetal ultrasounds are performed in most pregnant women to monitor fetal growth and to detect abnormalities. Serious congenital heart defects can be found during routine fetal ultrasounds. If your baby has potential risk factors, like a family history of heart disease, the Fetal Cardiology Program at Children's offers ultrasound by experienced cardiologists who will carefully examine your baby's heart.  (+ info)

Why cant you walk after a heart operation?

I had a heart operation 15 years ago, when I was three years old, it was for an atrial septal defect, and I could'nt walk afterwards, but I was wondering why that is, that people cant walk after a heart operation, just out of curiosity, so please let me know.
I also forgot to mention that I sometime get sharp pains in my chest, if I breathe in, they get worse, so I have to breathe very lightly, I asked my doctor, and he said its fine, but is that normal?

Do you mean not walk forever? Or just not walk for a certain period of time? You cant walk after you have a heart operation because as you know your heart pumps blood around your body so after you have a heart operation, your heart has already been put under allot of stress and it wouldnt be good for it to go under even more stress by having to pump harder to get the blood from one end of you to another while you are standing up, Its harder for your heart to pump blood from your chest to your feet because of gravity whereas if you were sitting or lying down it is easier to pump that flow of blood right through your body. Hope that helps! :)  (+ info)

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