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Do I need to undergo surgery for Atrial Septal Defect ?

I am sam.My age 38,height:158cm,weight:58.I have (ASD(OS) mitral valve normal;interatial septum o.s ASD left to right sunt size1.5CM.I don t have hypertension disease).Dr,may u clear one question.Now i am taking OMEGA 3(amway company) it no problem to our body.And also how is my heart condition.kindly explain me about my Medical report.I must take close this cole?or?our doctor told me,this very small cole so,not necessary colse this cole.what s ur suggestion.DR plz give clear ans to me.
Asked On : Sun, 19 Jun 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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The small ASD may better be closed to prevent complications in the future but you must follow as your Doctor has advised because he has examined you. You can take Omega 3 fatty acids as it is healthy to reduce high triglyceride level in the body. Take in RDA value and not more.
Answered: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
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Cardiologist, Interventional Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma's  Response
ASD is a hole in the wall that separates the right atrium from the left atrium, which are the chambers of the heart receiving impure and pure blood respectively. Because of this hole, blood shunts from the left side to the right side and there is excess flow of blood to the lungs.
1.5 cm hole is a moderate sized ASD. Ideally, it should have been detected and closed in your childhood. However, in many such cases, a diagnosis is achieved at this age only because the ASD usually does not cause any symptoms till very very late.
Having detected this, it is probably better to close this hole if there is any evidence that the right atrium and right ventricle are enlarging in size or if the pulmonary artery pressure is increasing. A detailed echo of the heart will give you the answers.
There are two ways of closing the defect - by open surgery or by using a special device which can be done percutaneously (through the groin, without open surgery).
Answered: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
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