When there is a hole in the wall that sits between the two upper chambers of your heart, the condition is usually known as ASD or Atrial Septal Defect. This can cause damage to the heart and lungs in the long run. The symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations and skipped heart beats, as well as swelling of the legs and feet.
HOW IS ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT DIAGNOSED?
Cardiologists diagnose atrial septal defect through physical examination, echocardiography, transcranial Doppler bubble study and electrocardiogram.
HOW IS ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT TREATED?
Anticoagulants and beta blockers can be prescribed by the cardiologist for this condition. Also, medical monitoring is required so as to keep a close check so that the situation does not turn into a stroke. Open heart surgery and other procedures can also be used in such cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
This condition can shorten the lifespan of the patient.