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Testing for Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
In healthy hearts the upper left and right chambers are separated by a septum, or wall, that regulates and directs the flow of blood to where it is needed in the body. From the left chamber the blood is supposed to move to the body, carrying oxygen. From the right chamber the blood is supposed to flow to the lungs to be resupplied with oxygen.
In people with atrial septal defect, or ASD, a hole in the septum lets the blood move from chamber to chamber and into the lungs, whether it needs resupplying of oxygen or not. This strains the muscles of the heart to work more than it needs to for pumping blood. Tests for ASD can lead to diagnosing the defect before too much damage is done to the heart and lungs.
The most common test for diagnosing atrial septal defects is an echocardiogram. In this test the physician uses a device similar to an ultrasound. Sound waves create a picture of the heart. A video image lets doctors look at how the heart is pumping. Each chamber can be monitored, and the wall between the chambers can be inspected for holes or damage. The overall health of the heart can also be assessed, as can its pumping capabilities and patterns. This test does not require any recovery time and it can also be used to monitor a patient with ASD over time once the initial staging of the defect has been done.
In combination with an echocardiogram, cardiologists may want to use electrocardiograms (ECG) to measure the activity of the heart. Electrical impulses are measured which give clues about murmurs and arrhythmias which are common in ASD patients.
Sometimes ASD is found inadvertently when doctors are looking for other health issues, or because they are concerned about a symptom that is actually the result of an undiagnosed ASD. Chest x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans are some of the ways that doctors may find atrial septal defects in patients. If a patient is suffering from recurring lung infections, x-rays and scans might lead to the diagnosis, even though that was not the initial intent.
One test that can double as a treatment option is cardiac catheterization. This is where a thin tube is inserted into a blood vessel, commonly in the groin, and fed to the heart. Here a tiny camera can send visual images of the heart, assessing any holes in the septum and damage to the tissues. If needed, a cardiac catheter can also be used to patch these holes. This is generally less risky when compared to open-heart surgery to repair ASD.
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