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ASD diagnosed at the age of 48
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ASD diagnosed at the age of 48

Hi my mother is 48 years old now and was complaining about tiredness and giddiness from past couple of months . She also had a stroke recently without any pre-indications.

Upon diagnosis we were informed that she is suffering with ASD of about 30 mm .

Please let me know the best approach to cure this defect and the risks involved post medication.
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Hi there!

Well, without knowing the relevant clinical details or a detailed clinical evaluation, it would be difficult to comment specifically on the situation. Though the larger shunts may ideally need to be closed surgically or by interventional procedure using a device; the risk factors of doing a surgery would need to be well evaluated against the risks of not doing a surgery; which may need to be avoided with large shunts/ pulmonary hypertension etc.
                      Some of the complications associated with ASD are shunt reversal, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, strokes etc. In cases where a surgery is contraindicated, the patient is managed symptomatically on medications. I would suggest discussing the situation, the suggested management plan and the expected prognosis in detail with her treating cardiologist.
Hope this is helpful.

Take care!
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Hi Kaul,

Thank you so much for the valuable inputs . Below is the report of my mother after initial diagnosis.

Dilated RA / RV.

30mm OS ASD , L->R Shunt.

Mild TR and PAH

Intact IVS

Normal Valves

Normal LV , systolic function

I am looking for more info on how to proceed with this . Doctor has suggested for a Open heart surgery .
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