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What is Atrial Septal Defect?
Atrial septal defect, also known as ASD, is a congenital condition that affects the heart. In this condition a hole exists in the wall of the heart between the two upper chambers. There are four ways ASD presents in the heart, and the severity of each varies from minimal to life threatening. Depending on the severity, there are a range of treatment methods used to address the defect.

Symptoms of ASD
Depending on the nature and severity of ASD, the symptoms might not even be noticeable in infants, or they might be severe health concerns for adults. When adults first notice signs of ASD, it is not uncommon for them to be 30 years of age or older. Some symptoms of ASD include:

• A shortness of breath (increasing in severity with exercise)
• Fatigue, from mild to severe
• Swelling in the legs, feet, or mid-section
• Heart palpitations
• Lung infections at an abnormally higher rate
• Stroke
• Heart murmur
• Associated health concerns, such as other birth defects that often go in hand with ASD

Diagnosing ASD
Atrial septal defects are diagnosed at various stages for patients, through different methods of testing.
• Infants with other health concerns such as Down Syndrome may be diagnosed earlier, even in utero, as physicians assess overall health more carefully.
• An infant with a significant heart murmur might undergo an echocardiogram to determine the cause of the murmur, and this test could show an ASD.
• Some patients undergo exams for other health reasons and the ASD is found during these tests.
• Patients who exhibit symptoms of ASD can have the diagnosis confirmed most often through echocardiograms.
• Other tests that may discover ASD include chest x-rays, electrocardiograms (ECG), cardiac catheterization, MRIs, and CTs.

4 Types of ASD
There are four different types of Atrial Septal Defect, but only two of those are considered the common manifestations of the defect.
Secundum: This is the most common form of ASD, affecting the middle wall between the atria.
Primum: This is the second most common form of ASD and it occurs in the lower portion of the atrial septum. This type of ASD is most likely the type to occur in conjunction with other congenital heart health problems.
Sinus venosus: This rare version of ASD occurs in the upper portion of the atrial system.
Coronary sinus: This version is also rare, resulting in a missing portion of the wall between the coronary sinus and the left atria.

Treatments for ASD
The severity of the symptoms for atrial septal defects in large part determines which type of treatment plan is needed. Many patients with mild to moderate symptoms simply undergo medical monitoring and necessary lifestyle changes. Medications don’t necessarily have the ability to repair the holes, but they can help minimize the symptoms of ASD. In more serious cases, surgery that includes patching the hole is required.