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Atria Septal Defect: The Facts
Atria septal defects are congenital abnormalities of the heart. There are different ways the defects can affect the heart walls, causing a range of symptoms and requiring different treatment options. Infants born with atria septal defects may show no signs or symptoms at all, while adults who have lived with the condition for years can suddenly suffer significant health repercussions.
What does it meant to have an atria septal defect?
Atria septal defect, also called ASD, is essentially a hole in the wall that separates the two upper chambers of the heart. This type of defect develops in the fetus early during pregnancy. The resulting hole lets blood that has just been oxygenated to flow from the upper left chamber of the heart to the upper right chamber of the heart. It then gets circulated with the deoxygenated blood and is sent back to the lungs, even though it already has oxygen. The result is an extra flow of blood volume going into the lungs.
This stresses both the heart and the lungs. Blood pressure can rise, pulmonology hypertension can increase blood pressure within the lungs, and there is a risk of the heart enlarging and weakening. Depending on the precise location of the hole, there are other complications the patient can experience.
What are the types of atria septal defects?
While there are various forms that an atria septal defect can take, there are only two that are considered to be the common forms of the defect.
Secundum defects – This type of defect is the most common of all the forms of atria septal defects. The hole develops in the middle of the cardiac wall between the atria (atrial septum).
Primum defects – In this form of the defect the lower atria septum is affected. It is not uncommon for this to happen with other congenital heart conditions.
There are two other much less common types of atria septal defects. These include a sinus venosus and a coronary sinus defect. In the sinus venosus the hole is in the upper portion of the wall. In a coronary sinus the hole is between the left atrium and the coronary sinus. The coronary sinus refers to the vein system of the heart.
What are the symptoms of atria septal defects?
Infants who are born with atria septal defects may not exhibit any signs of the defect at birth, especially if they do not have any other underlying health conditions. Small holes may not cause any noticeable symptoms at first. The most common symptoms of defects, seen most often later in life, include fatigue, swelling of the lower extremities, and frequent pulmonology infections. Larger holes may cause shortness of breath, significant murmurs, heart failure, and strokes.