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i want to know how the future holds for a child with down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ?

I got a daughther who has down syndrome with vsd(ventricular septal defect).She is 5 years old april 23,2006.Her weight is only 13 KG.She has a very high problem of breathing specially at night.The thing that I wanted to be clear is what I possibly expect in the future.I am for example worried about her weight.She looks like a 2 years old.

Many children with Down's Syndrome have heart problems and ventricular septal defect is one of the commonest heart defects in all children. Often the hole will close on its own but as your daughter is five this obviously hasn't happened. If a child with this problem is not putting on weight they can be given high calorie food and feed through a nasal gastric tube. This defect can be operated on. Has this been suggested? Success rates are as high as 99% in some hospitals.  (+ info)

What are the vital signs for a ventricular septal defect?

What are some of the vital signs (i.e., blood pressure...) that come along with a ventricular septal defect?


to answer this question i would need to know the child's age. the only vital sign that can be not "normal" would;d be his oxygen saturation's. most people are 97-100% and children with VSD can have sats go as low as the mid 70% its their "normal" because of the hole in their heart they are able to have un oxygenated blood move in to the left ventricle and go to the rest of the body. i hope i explained this okay if you have any questions email at [email protected] I am a cardiac ICU nurse at my local children's hospital   (+ info)

I have a VSD (ventricular septal defect) and I was wondering, would it be bad for me to do ecstasy?

I realize that doing E is bad by itself but I wanted to know if it would be worse for me than it would be for others. I would only be doing this one time and I just wanted to know if the effects would be much worse for me.

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Can a person suffering from ventricular septal defect donate blood?

If its small, you can
If it is a large one and you are close to failure, youi can't
Ask your doctor first!  (+ info)

I had Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) - Can I still become a pilot?

Basically, I was born with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). I was told that the holes were healed but i went to doctors today, and he referred me to a cardiologist to get checked out a bit more... What is the chances i will still be able to become a pilot?

Assymptomatic, small VSD's usually cause no reason to disqualify a private pilot candidate. Air Transport Pilots (ATP's) will need a cardiologist's clearance.  (+ info)

Which hospital would take a 5 1/2 year old girl for surgery to close a large ventricular septal defect?

Large Perimembrenous VSD 7mm wide with dominant left to right shunt, biventricular enlargment. Intact atrial septum, increased pulmonary pressure with mild tricuspid regurgitation

The little girl in question is from a family that I be-friended whilst working in Sudan, This operation is not available in Sudan.

The basic questions I need answerd are:
The names of hospitals that carry out this type of operations and an indication of its cost as it will be privately done

There are several in the US and some have programs to bring over needy foreign children for surgery. The only one I am familiar with is LeBonheur Children's Medical in Memphis, but any pediatric hospital in the US can perform the surgery.  (+ info)

Anyone have a baby born with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) ? How did you handle this and?

was medication successful or did they have to have surgery to correct the problem?

My 6 month old son was born with Pulmonary Artresia with VSD,he has had 2surgery's so far,his first of many open heart surgery's start around 8 to 12 months,as for your baby i am not sure how meds work but handling it is very hard,keep friends and family close and believe and have faith in your cardiologists and surgeons,they are wonderful! Good luck!  (+ info)

why does blood flow increase and decrease during ventricular septal defect?

Blood flow to what? Are you talking about through the VSD or out into the systemic circulation? The blood flow is determined by the difference in pressure between different areas of the heart. During diastole the heart is relaxed and filling with blood. The pressure in the left and right ventricle will be decreased and there would be less flow between the left and right ventricle. During systole, the heart is contracting and the pressure is increased especially in the left ventricle to right ventricle. This results in greater flow through from the left ventricle to the right ventricle through the VSD. The greater flow through the VSD during systole is essentially why the murmurs of VSDs are mainly heard during systole and not diastole.  (+ info)

can ventricular septal defect cause diastolic murmur? i know it causes systolic murmur.?

why PDA does not occur in right branch of pulmonary artery?

A ventricular septal defect is one or more openings in the interventricular septum, producing a shunt between ventricles. Large defects result in a significant left-to-right shunt and produce dyspnea with feeding and poor growth. A loud, harsh, holosystolic murmur at the lower left sternal border is common. Recurrent respiratory infections and heart failure may develop. Diagnosis is by echocardiography. Defects may close spontaneously during infancy or require surgical repair. Endocarditis prophylaxis is recommended.
Small VSDs typically produce a grade 3 to 4/6 holosystolic murmur (with or without thrill) at the lower left sternal border; it is audible shortly after birth. The precordium may be mildly hyperactive, but S2 is normally split and has normal intensity.
Larger VSDs produce a similarly loud holosystolic murmur that is present by age 2 to 3 wk. S2 is usually narrowly split with an accentuated pulmonary component. An apical diastolic rumble (due to overflow through the mitral valve) and findings of HF (eg, tachypnea, dyspnea with feeding, gallop, crackles, hepatomegaly) may be present.
Increased RV flow in atrial septal defect also abolishes the normal respiratory variation in aortic and pulmonic valve closure, producing a fixed split S2. Left-to-right shunts with normal RV volume flow (eg, in membranous ventricular septal defects) do not cause fixed splitting.

Aorta passes closely over the left pulmonary artery. Ductus arteriosus connects both these arteries even before the birth in order to protect lungs against circulatory overload and allows the right ventricle to strengthen.  (+ info)

how to manage caries in a patient with ventricular septal defect?

Routine pre-operative antibiotics per AHA recommendations. The patient is probably a child, so use weight-adjusted dosage. Consult with the cardiologist in areas of doubt.  (+ info)

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