*Shortness of breath*Fast breathing*Hard breathing*Paleness*Failure to gain weight*Fast heart rate*Pounding heart*Sweating while feeding*Frequent respiratory infections
Who Needs VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) Closure?
People who suffer fromVSDmay display symptoms that include: breathing difficulties,an enlarged heart, an irregular heart rhythm, and even heart failure. A cardiologist canconfirm the presence or absence of the defect after completing the necessary healthcaretests and diagnoses.
Except for the case of heart attack associatedVSD, this condition is always present at birth. Drinking alcohol and using the antiseizure medicines depakote and Dilantin during pregnancy have been associated with increased incidence of VSDs. Other than avoidingthese two things during pregnancy, there is no known way to prevent a VSD.
If the defect is small, no treatment is usually needed. However, the baby should beclosely monitored by a health care provider to make sure that the hole eventually closes properly and signs of heart failure do not occur. With congestive heart failure,medications such as digitalis (digoxin) and diuretics may be prescribed.
Regardless of thesize of the defect, all children with a VSD need to take antibiotics before undergoingdental work and certain other invasive procedures.
If symptoms continue despitemedication, surgery to close the defect with a Gore-tex patch is needed. Some VSDs can be closed with a special device during a catheterization. Treating a VSD that does nothave symptoms is controversial, and should be carefully discussed with your health care provider.
The VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) Closure Procedure
Ventricular septal defect closure (VSD) involves many health risks that the patient should be informed of before the surgery proceeds. Because this is open heart surgery performed under general anesthesia, certain precautions must be taken to minimizecomplications, infections, and further damage to the heart. Before the heart is opened for