WELCOME to the ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT COMMUNITY: This Patient-To-Patient Community is for discussions relating to Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) which is a hole in the part of the septum that separates the atria (the upper chambers of the heart). This hole allows oxygen-rich blood from the left atrium to flow into the right atrium instead of flowing into the left ventricle as it should. This means that oxygen-rich blood gets pumped back to the lungs, where it has just been, instead of going to the body.
Cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans are safe, painless tests. Although cardiac CT uses radiation, the amount is small. This test gives out a radiation dose similar to the amount of radiation you’re naturally exposed to over 3 years. There is a very small chance that cardiac CT will cause cancer.
Some people feel side effects from the contrast dye that’s used during the cardiac CT scan, including the following:
Author/Source: National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, Division of the National Institutes of Health [NIH]
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