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Atrial Septal Defects in Children
Atrial septal defects are congenital birth defects of the heart. In a healthy pregnancy, the heart develops with certain levels of separation between the chambers of the heart. Shortly after birth these separations or holes close to allow for proper functioning of the heart. In cases of atrial septal defects, or ASD, a hole remains that disrupts a health flow of blood.
Blood from the left side of the heart typically moves to the body, carrying required oxygen. Blood in the right side of the heart is supposed to travel to the lungs to receive oxygen. In hearts with ASD, the blood in the left side of the heart can move through the hole to the right side, and then to the lungs, where it is not needed.
Effects of ASD on the Heart
The extra load of blood that is sent to the lungs causes stress on the body. The lungs have to work extra hard to deal with the increase in blood volume. The heart works harder pumping blood where it is not needed. Blood pressure, and specifically pulmonology hypertension of the lungs, increases and cause even more stress.
The damage from ASD is often seen as long-term, having consequences that build over time. If ASD is not diagnosed until the child is older, even 30 years old or more, the damage can be so severe that treatment is either limited or more intense.
Symptoms of ASD in Children
Children born with ASD might not show any signs of the defects. Unless another health concern is evident, such as Down syndrome, physicians may not have any clues that ASD is a possibility. Symptoms might include:
• A heart murmur, ranging from mild and benign to extreme arrhythmias
• Exhaustion when exerting energy, such as when a newborn breastfeeds
• Pulmonology infections due to increased stress on the lungs
Beyond these symptoms, infants do not typically show signs of the defects. In severe cases there might be increases in blood pressure as the heart works harder than it should have to in an infant. It is really the culmination of years of strain on the heart and lungs that poses the threat for babies as they grow into adults.
Treatments for ASD in Children
If an atrial septal defect is diagnosed in a child, usually a comprehensive approach will be assessing the child for other birth defects or health concerns. This helps doctors develop a comprehensive plan for treatment.
• Children with minor atrial septal defects will be monitored by a cardiologist.
• An echocardiogram is the most common method of testing for and assessing ASD.
• Cardiac catheterization is used to send a small tube to the hole in order to patch it. This is often effective for small to moderate holes.
• Open-heart surgery is often required for major holes. This poses more risks for the patient, but it can also deliver the highest level of success for treating these severe cases.
During treatment times or until doctors can assess the potential risks for a child, activity might need to be limited. After treatments such as surgery, the patient might need medications to prevent blood clots while the patch location heals. Treatments that are successful early in life can often prevent a lifetime of health risks.