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Atrial Septal Defects

Congenital anomalies (Birth Defect) are the major causes of death in the new born within the initial four weeks of birth. Objective Congenital heart defects (CHDs) affect a large number of newborns with a high mortality rate. Majority of these cases are diagnosed between 0 – 5 years of age. Atrial septal defect being the most frequent defect observed in the newborn as well in adults. If an individual at any time observes any symptoms of atrial septal defects in a newborn he or she should on an urgent basis consider consult one of the best Paediatric Cardiologist.

A similar such case came forward in pune, when an 18 year young female, suffering with atrial septal defect having a 23 mm hole in the heart was admitted in the hospital for a heart condition. In her case the left sided oxygenated blood which is supplied to the body from heart was getting mixed with the right side de-oxygenated blood which flows back to the heart carrying impure blood. The usual symptoms of this diseases are shortness of breath, heart palpitation, skipped beats, fatigue or swelling of leg, feet and also abdomen. This condition increasing the burden on heart also causing dilatation of heart and extra blood to overfill the lungs. If this condition if not treated, can also result in enlarged and weakening of heart muscles and eventually leading in pulmonary hypertension is considered the best cardiologist in pune, is one such doctor who has successfully cured several patients with similar condition.

In this case there are two procedures available for successfully treating the condition i.e. conventional Method & Device Closure Method. In conventional method the patient is required to undergo an open heart surgery with opening of the chest wall. In this method a 25 to 30 stitches, ugly scar is formed post-surgery. This scar subconsciously causes depression amongst the patients and more specifically amongst young, unmarried female in such cases the scar become a social taboo in the society and many times it also results in marriage conflict which eventually results in signs of depression amongst the patients. Whereas with the device closure method the surgery can be performed without a single stitch over body and easy and fast recovery. It is very important decision as one needs to entrust and choose a doctor who has a successful track record like the best cardiologist in India.

In this case the patient underwent a successful device closure surgery without a single stich. The procedure was done expertly from right leg i.e. groin by dr. Rahul patil in the best heart clinic in pune.

Conventionally the open heart surgery patient stays in hospital for 8 days and with a recovery time of 2 -3 month. While in device closure surgery, patient needs to stay in hospital for only 2 days and can walk out of hospital fully functional after 5th day.

It is best said in such cases that “Not every birth defect is associated with something we can do to prevent it. But those we can prevent, we should”.

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