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ASD Tests and Treatments
Patients who show signs of heart or lung problems such as atrial septal defects (ASD) may need to undergo a series of tests. Some infants have severe cases of ASD and their symptoms at birth lead doctors to order tests in order to determine the root cause. Some of these symptoms might include shortness of breath, coughing, heart murmurs, lung infections, and swelling in the extremities.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) might be ordered at first if a patient presents with a heart murmur. Murmurs are abnormal rhythms in the heartbeats and can either be benign and come and go, or significant and indicate a deeper problem. The ECG measures the heartbeat and gives clues to the physicians as to the severity. Small electrodes are attached to the skin and this test only usually takes an hour or less. Because it is a simple in-office procedure, it is an easy first test to use and results are ready almost immediately.
If an ECG shows signs of a significant problem or if it is inconclusive, an echocardiogram is often a second step in testing. It is also actually the most common way of diagnosing atrial septal defects. In this test sound waves are used to build an image of the features of the heart. This test can also produce a measure of assessment for pumping strength and weakness in the heart. This test is also easily done in an office visit with a technician, and the results are usually available within the week, depending upon the urgency of the symptoms.
Less commonly doctors will see signs of atrial septal defects on x-rays, MRIs, and CTs. These diagnostic imaging tools are usually ordered because of a secondary problem or symptoms, not necessarily because the doctor suspects an atrial septal defect is the cause. The results of these image tests might reveal the hole in the septum (wall) or swelling of the heart muscle from the over-use.
If the previous tests indicate ASD and it is significant, a cardiologist may choose to perform a cardiac catheterization. In this procedure a small tube is sent through a blood vessel in the groin or arm all the way into the heart where it can send back images to the doctors. This advanced look at the heart can assess valve construction, pumping, and even the blood pressure in the lungs. The benefit to doing this more invasive test is that doctors can also use it to repair the defect with a patch.
For patients who suffer from severe atrial septal defects, the only treatment option might be open-heart surgery. This has its own risks, but in order to prevent even more damage to the heart and lungs, it might be the best option. There are no medications that correct atrial septal defects.