Congenital heart septum defect

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Definition

Congenital heart septum defects one of the most common types of heart disorders that involves the septum and diagnosed at birth. This defect is characterized by a hole in the wall of the infant's heart that divides the left and right chambers and allows the blood to freely flow through that hole.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is typically made when doctors hear a possible heart murmur though the stethoscope. Chest x-rays may be done to check any heart enlargement, as well as electrocardiogram to check any congestion of the lungs and heart of the patient.

Treatment

In majority of the cases of congenital heart septum disorder, the holes have been known to close on its own with no aid of medication or treatment. However, regular checkups are required to check the condition of the heart and medications may be prescribed to relieve the symptoms and prevent possible infections.

Symptoms and Signs

Congenital heart septum defect has the following symptoms: enlarged heart, poor appetite, asymptomatic, gets tired easily, swollen abdomen and legs, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, difficulty in breathing, frequent respiratory-related infections, bluish lips, skin and fingernails.

Causes

The underlying cause of congenital heart defects is still largely unknown and is said to be of multifactoral origin, which includes environmental and genetic factors. Chromosomal abnormalities including point deletions and mutations may also be one of the causes. Environmental factors would normally include maternal illness, alcohol intake during pregnancy, infections and use of drugs that may cause birth defects.

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