Cardiac Septal Defects: Treatments
The is a wall of which separates the left from the right heart. Defects allow to flow from the right side of the heart to the left, reducing the heart’s efficiency.
Treatments for Cardiac Septal Defects (Holes in the Heart)
Many don’t need , but some do. Those that do often are repaired during infancy or early childhood. Sometimes adults are treated for holes in the heart if problems develop.
The your child receives depends on the type, location, and size of the hole. Other factors include your child’s age, size, and general health.
If a child has an (), routine checkups are done to see whether it closes on its own. About half of all ASDs close on their own over time, and about 20 percent close within the first year of life.
Your child’s doctor will let you know how often your child should have checkups. For an , frequent checkups aren’t needed.
If an requires , or surgical procedures are used to close the hole. Doctors often decide to close ASDs in children who still have medium- or large-sized holes by the time they’re 2 to 5 years old…