What is Ventricular Septal Defects?
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) or ventral septal defect is a small hole between the lower chamber of the heart, or ventricles. The defect is supposed to occur by birth. The hole or the defect occurs in the wall (septum) which distinguishes the ventricles and makes way for the blood to flow from. . . .+
Ventricular septal defect is a birth defect (congenital) of the heart in which there is a hole in the wall (septum) that divides the lower two chambers (called ventricles) of the heart. It occurs due to an incomplete formation of the wall during the development stage of a foetus.
The heart is a muscular organ of the size of a closed fist that functions as our body’s circulatory pump. Ventricular septal defect is a birth defect of the heart in which there is a hole in the wall (septum) of the heart. Know more about your heart structure, location, and function.
Detection of fetal VSD is done by cardiac ultrasound performed between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy. Sound waves (ultrasound) are used in this test to produce a moving image of the heart. The test helps doctors to see abnormalities in a baby’s blood flow and heartbeat.
A Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) surgery is a type of heart surgery which is performed to correct a hole between the left and right ventricles. Severe complications after the surgery are rare and the VSD surgery success rate is very high. You should ask your child’s doctor about risks after a VSD surgery.
Many a times untreated VSD is diagnosed in adults and it may require surgery if it can cause a risk to the patient. In adults, VSD can be small, medium, or large in size with or without other complications such as pulmonary stenosis, pulmonary hypertension, or aortic regurgitation.