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Causes, Symptoms, and Risks of Atrial Septal Defect
Just like with many other congenital birth defects, there is no one singular cause of atrial septal defects. This deformity of the wall that separates the chambers of the heart comes with a range of symptoms and each patient experiences different risks.
In an atrial septal defect, a hole remains in the wall (or septum) that is supposed to separate the left and right chambers (or atria) of the upper portion of the heart. In a normal heart the left side of the upper chamber is supposed to deliver blood rich in oxygen to the body, and the right side of the upper chamber is supposed to send blood that has been depleted of oxygen back to the lungs. When a hole exists in the septum, the blood from the left side of the heart leaks back into the right side of the heart, and then into the lungs.
This misdirection of blood-flow puts strain on both the heart and the lungs. Each organ has to work harder than it should and the culmination of strain causes life-long damage.
Doctors cannot place just one cause on atrial septal defect. There does appear to be a genetic component involved in some cases, where heredity plays a part. This genetic risk, though, does not account for the many cases caused by environmental impacts on the fetus. These impacts can include medications, illegal drugs, and alcohol consumed by the pregnant mother.
Atrial septal defect is also sometimes accompanied by other birth defects and health concerns. It can be present in babies born with cleft lip and palate, or in babies with conditions such as Down syndrome.
The symptoms of atrial septal defect are different for each patient. Infants presenting with symptoms might show signs such as:
• Heart murmurs (mild, moderate, or severe)
• Fatigue (such as after feeding)
• Coughing and difficulty breathing for no other apparent reason
• More than typical events of lung infections
Adults who were never diagnosed with atrial septal defect might first show symptoms in their late 20s or not even until their 40s. These symptoms might look similar to those children exhibit, but also include:
• High blood pressure
• Pulmonary hypertension
• Retention of fluids in the legs and feet
• Swelling in the abdomen
• Exhaustion after physical activity at an abnormal level
Patients who have atrial septal defects are at risk for the symptoms noted above, which all strain the body, as well as the following:
• Heart damage
• Heart failure
• Blood clots
Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to preventing the long-term effects of atrial septal defects.