Hole in the heart is a term which is used to describe an actual hole in the walls separating the heart chambers or as a general term to describe a structural abnormality of the heart. The symptoms are:
• Rapid heartbeat
• Rapid breathing
• Excessive sweating
• Extreme tiredness and fatigue
• A blue tinge to the skin (cyanosis)
• Tiredness and rapid breathing when a baby is feeding
HOW IS HOLE IN THE HEART DIAGNOSED?
While in most of the cases, there is no need to pursue the diagnosis of Hole in the Heart but if the Cardiologist feels the need, he/she can conduct an Echocardiogram to get an image of the heart and determine the severity of the disease.
HOW IS HOLE IN THE HEART TREATED?
The treatment for Hole in Heart varies with each individual and will be at the discretion of the Cardiologist. Medicines and dietary restrictions could improve the functioning of the heart. If the condition calls for surgery or the deployment of catheter procedure, such options are also explored by the doctor to rid the person of the defect.
DID YOU KNOW?
Adults who have had atrial septal defect repair require regular follow ups.