Atrial Septal Defect

Atrial septal defect (ASD) is a congenital heart defect, which results from a hole between the atria (upper heart chambers). The signs and symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, cyanosis, heart murmur, and skipped beats.

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What does right bundle branch block mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to send you my daughter's ECG for evaluation. This was taken at the ER. I think she had heartburn. We are now concerned about the abnormal report.  Read Full »


Dr. Rishu

Cardiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the ECG of your daughter. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). She has a condition called right bundle branch block. A right bundle branch block (RBBB) is a heart block in the electrical conduction system. Our heart is divided into four chambe...  Read Full »

Is open heart surgery necessary for 6 mm ostium secundum ASD in a 3 month-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby boy is 3.5 months old. He was diagnosed with VSD when he was 2 months and his cardiologist asked for followup after a month. On out checkup his 3 mm VSD was closed, but the doctor discovered 6 mm ostium secundum ASD. He said that it can close spontaneously just like the VSD, s...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclniq.com. I understand your worries. No need to worry all will be fine. From my experience, ASD (atrial septal defect) of 6 mm can still close by itself regardless of its position. I will advise you to wait till your baby is 6 months old to have him checked again before a decis...  Read Full »

What is the cause and treatment for interatrial septal aneurysm?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 years old. During my second echo with bubble test, it says that I have an interatrial septal aneurysm, but there are no holes in my heart. I was given blood thinners. I am currently taking Clopidogrel. What is the cause and cure for this? What kind of lifestyle I should be mai...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry about it. It is a congenital problem, and there is no particular reason for it. It is seen in one to two percent of normal individuals. Although, there is a slightly increased risk of clot formation over the bulging of aneurysm and stroke, however, it do...  Read Full »

What does evidence of atrial septal aneurysm in an echo indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an echo done yesterday, after having chest pains and palpitations for about a month. I looked up to my results and while my results mostly looked good, there was something very alarming in there. It said evidence of atrial septal aneurysm. I cannot get another appointment with m...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are unlikely to be related to this. An isolated atrial septal aneurysm is a benign condition most of the times, but this may be associated with atrial septal defects which can cause symptoms. So, if you are just having an atrial septal aneurysm and since ...  Read Full »

How to manage acyanotic heart disease in a six month baby?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is six months old female. Recently, we did a 2D echo test, and the result came as acyanotic congenital heart disease. The report shows a small sized ostium secundum ASD with left to right shunt across the defect, approximately with a size of 8 mm. Why does it occur? What can I do...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Pillai

Cardiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your child's report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is an atrial septal defect. Have a follow up till the age of one and a half to two years. There is 80 to 90 % chance for the defect to get closed by itself. If not, when the chi...  Read Full »

Is ASD a dangerous condition?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 years 4 months old. He weighs 11 kg. When he was 4 months old, his doctor recommended me to take echo test. In echo he found acyanotic congenital heart disease. The report showed a small ASD 6 mm left to right shunt RA RV. Normal biventricular function. Mild PS GMAX 20 mm ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Valecha

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. ASD (atrial septal defect) is a hole in partition between two upper chambers of the heart. If it is of patent foramen ovale (PFO) type then usually after two years it closes by itself. But, if it is an ostium secundum OS ASD type, then it will not close by itself. But, a ...  Read Full »

Are ASD (atrial septal defect) and PFO (patent foramen ovale), two separate problems?

Query: Hello doctor, My 11 year old daughter has been experiencing intermittent chest pains and fast pulse for about 18 to 24 months. She has had a normal ECG and physical examination, but echocardiogram has shown a mobile interatrial septum with a left to right flow. It was identified with color flow acr...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your daughter's health issues. ASD (atrial septal defect) and PFO (patent foramen ovale) are two different things. No, there is no evidence suggestive of an aneurysm. Based on the findings, it is suggestive of a PFO rather than ASD. In most cases ...  Read Full »

Is surgery the only option in case of a heart defect such as ASD?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently went for an annual health checkup. I was diagnosed with a heart defect (ASD) and was recommended a surgical closure. In this regard, I need your opinion and guidance.  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your tests reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), you have ASD (atrial septal defect), which is corrected only by surgical closure. It is usually asymptomatic but, when the symptoms start, it will be too late for a surgery. At the most, you ca...  Read Full »

Is there any connection between cough and OS ASD?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year male. I have done echo and tee test. The result is ACHD, SS, LC, 30x28 mm OS ASD~2:1 L-->R SHUNT, PV AND IVC rim not clear, good BV function, mild PAH, no HF, SR and FCI. Cardiology doctor suggested open heart surgery for correction of ASD and another doctor said tha...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). And from the reports, ASD (atrial septal defect) surgical closure is advised. Device closure is not suitable as rims are inadequate to hold the device and chances of device slipping are...  Read Full »

Can a cardiac MRI show anything in regards to pulmonary hypertension?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding cardiac MRI. I have one biannually because I have congenital heart disease. My question is whether or not that type of imaging shows pictures of the lungs and, if so can it show anything in regards to pulmonary hypertension? I had a heart cath seven years a...  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. To know the picture of the lung, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the lung can be obtained. In your case, it is the assessment of pulmonary hypertension evaluation. Cardiac MRI is done for accurate assessment of right ventricle structure and f...  Read Full »

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