Hole in the Heart or atrial septal defect, is a hole in the wall that separates the two upper chambers of the heart. This is a congenital condition. Small holes in the heart usually disappear, but large and long standing holes damage heart and lungs. Symptoms are:
• Shortness of breath
• Swelling of feet and abdomen
• Heart palpitations
• Skipped heart beats
• Frequent lung infections
• Heart murmur
HOW IS HOLE IN THE HEART DIAGNOSED?
For diagnosing this Hole in Heart condition, the Cardiologist may first try and listen to the heartbeat and if it is not in the regular format, then ECG and/or Echo tests may be done to get to the actual condition of the heart and the defect location.
HOW IS HOLE IN THE HEART TREATED?
Treatment for a hole in the heart is done by a cardiology expert who would do either a catheter procedure that is great for the younger children or even an open heart chest surgery that is followed with rehabilitation and high-nutrition diet.
DID YOU KNOW?
The problem is treatable but there are some risks involved in the surgical procedures.