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Congenital Heart Defects: ASD
ASD, also known as atrial septal defect, is a congenital birth defect affecting the wall of the heart that separates the left and right chambers. In a healthy newborn, the wall separating the chambers is either sealed or only has minor separating holes that seal shortly after birth. In atrial septal defects, however, these holes in the chamber are either significantly larger or do not close after birth. The result of ASD is an overworked heart and lungs.
In contrast to ASD, a healthy, functioning heart regulates blood-flow from the right and left chambers to where it is supposed to go in the body. This means that the upper left chamber is rich in oxygen and sends blood to the body, and the upper right chamber sends blood to the lungs to be replenished with oxygen.
If there is a hole in the wall that separates these chambers, blood that already has oxygen in the left chamber inadvertently gets sent to the right chamber and on to the lungs. This extra flow of blood to the lungs puts stress on the organ, and the heart can gradually weaken over time from the extra work it does pumping blood where it doesn’t need to go.
Complications from ASD are different depending upon the size of the hole, the age of the patient, and other health issues facing the patient. In younger patients the symptoms might just be fatigue, especially with physically activity (even nursing for an infant), a heart murmur, and increased frequencies of lung infections.
In older patients or those with more severe ASD, symptoms might include those listed for the infant, as well as high blood pressure, swelling of the lower extremities, and in severe cases, heart failure or stroke.
Patients who are diagnosed with atrial septal defect will need monitoring by a cardiologist, whether this is a pediatric specialist for newborns or specialists who just discover the defect when the patient is older.
Cardiac catheterization may be needed to repair the hole. This is where a thin tube is threaded up to the heart and a patch is placed over the hole. In more serious cases of ASD, open-heart surgery may be needed to repair the defect (but this is usually reserved for rare, significantly dangerous cases). After surgery the only medications that might be needed short term include blood thinners to prevent a clot from forming and resulting in a stroke, or antibiotics to prevent infection.
In cases where the ASD does not require surgical repair, patients are usually just reminded to be careful during physical activities and report any symptoms that might indicate that the defect is causing health risks.