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Learning More About Atrial Septal Defects
Congenital birth defects are those present at birth. Atrial septal defects (ASD) fall into this category. Healthy hearts regulate the blood flow from each chamber to where it is needed in the body.
• The left upper chamber of the heart is supposed to send blood to the body, delivering oxygen.
• The right upper chamber of the heart is supposed to send blood to the lungs to receive oxygen.
• A hole in the wall between these chambers lets the red blood cells carrying oxygen to leak into the right side of the heart.
• From the right side of the heart this blood then goes to the lungs, even though the lungs do not need it.
This exchange of blood to places in the body where it is not needed creates extra strain on the heart and lungs. This makes the heart work more and the lungs do extra work adding oxygen to blood that already has enough.
• Blood pressure can go up because of the extra exchange of blood.
• Pulmonology blood pressure can rise, stressing the lungs.
• The heart may develop arrhythmias, creating even more cardiac strain.
• The feet, legs and even abdomen may swell from poor circulation.
• Extra stress on the lungs leaves them susceptible to frequent infections.
• People with ASD often tire more easily and experience shortness of breath.
For those who are not diagnosed early in life with ASD, the defects cause compounding complications. The first signs they may notice are heart palpitations. In extreme cases, the first signs might be more significant such as strokes and dangerously high blood pressure. All of these effects compile to create health risks.
Treatment for ASD really depends on where the defect is and how much it impacts the person’s life.
• Secundum defects are the most common and they exist in the central area of the atria wall.
• Primum defects exist in the lower part of the atrial septum, and are more likely to be present when there are other health problems.
• Two other less common types are sinus venosus and coronary sinus defects. In the sinus defect the hole is in the upper part of the atrial septum. In the coronary sinus the wall is actually missing.
Common tests for ASD include:
• Echocardiograms – These use sound waves to produce images of the heart so the doctor can see all of the chambers of the heart and measure pumping ability.
• Electrocardiograms (ECG) – This test uses a recording of electrical activity to assess heart rhythms.
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – This test uses a magnetic field and radio waves to visualize the heart.
• Computerized Tomography scan (CT) – This is a series of x-rays that produce images of the heart chambers.
The testing and treatment plans for ASD involve working with cardiologists and creating a life-long plan for monitoring and repairs of the holes in the heart walls.