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Atrial septal defects (ASD) are congenital, which means that they are present at birth. A hole present in the upper two chambers of atria signifies the condition of atrial septal defect. If they are small during infancy they close on their own over a period of time However, some holes continue to grow into the patient’s adulthood. With such patients, heart failure or high blood pressure are common and may need surgery to clear the problem.
Although ASD is present since birth, signs start showing once you reach 30 and above. They include:
Genetic factors run in the families and is also the main reason for babies being born with ASD defects. The other risk factors include:
When you explain your child’s symptoms with your doctor he may put you through the following tests to make a solid diagnosis. They include:
Atrial septal defects mostly clear on their own. The smaller ones that eventually get covered up or can be treated with medications such as anticoagulants so that there are no blood clots formed. Some small ones become larger or the larger ones can create problems as they grow. A surgery has to be conducted on the patient when medications fail.
KIMS is the best paediatric cardiology centres in Hyderabad as they have well quipped operation theatres and experienced medical practitioners who have expertise in dealing with different atrial septal defects and conducting open-heart surgeries.
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