Atrial Septal Defect
(ASD; “Hole” in the Heart)
|Heart Chambers and Valves|
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- Smoking by the mother during pregnancy
- Down syndrome
- Tiring easily during activity
- Rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath
- Ongoing respiratory infections
- Poor growth
- Irregular, rapid beating of the heart
- Poor appetite
- Doppler image
- Cardiac catheterization
- Chest x-ray
- MRI of the heart —mostly done in adults
American Association of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
Canadian Adult Congenital Heart Network http://www.cachnet.org
Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation http://www.heartandstroke.com
Antibiotic prophylaxis. American Dental Association's MouthHealthy.org website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/p/Premedication-or-Antibiotics.aspx. Accessed July 11, 2013.
Atrial septal defect. KidsHealth.org website. Available at: http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/medical/heart/asd.html. Updated May 2013. Accessed July 11, 2013.
Patent foramen ovale and other atrial septal defects. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 29, 2013. Accessed July 11, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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