I'm from Philippines i have a one year old daughter diagnosed with congenital heart disease at first I was shocked because iI didnt saw any sign of her having such...when she got a pulmonary illness as severe pneumonia the doctor advised me to have her Echo cardio gram this was the result left ventricular enlargement. left atrium, right atrium and right ventricle have normal dimensions, intact inter-atrial septum,ventricular septal defect,perimembranous; diameter is 0.82mm. shunt is left to right, transeptal pressure gradient is 45mmHg. normal mitral valve, structurally normal tricuspid valve + Tricuspid regurgitation. Normal aorta and aortic valve, pulmonary artery is normal, pulmonic valve is normal, pulmonary artery pressure is elevated, pulmonary insufficiency,mild. normal pericardium.
The doctor told me to proceed with her medication when she arrives the age 4 to 5 years of age she would be operated.....I'm worried because me and my husband are not employed and I'm worried with the condition of my daughter are there anyone who can help us in your assistance because I have known that a lot of cases in U.S. with this condition have survived.
A ventricular septal defect of 8 mm in a 1 year old would be considered a large VSD. The amount of blood flowing through it is causing the pressure in the lungs to rise (pulmonary hypertension) and enlarges the heart (left ventricle). This type of congenital heart defect likely requires a surgical intervention relatively soon. Preferentially it would be open heart surgery to patch the VSD closed. One could temporize and place a band on the pulmonary artery to temporarily hold back the flow to the lungs and try to prevent the lungs from being permanently damaged by high flow and high pressure. Medication can be helpful for control of symptoms, but if the hole is large now, it will not likely close quickly enough to avoid damaging her lungs. Unfortunately, not all areas of the world have access to pediatric heart surgery. You should speak further with your child's doctor and see if there are any surgical options available to her closer to your part of the world.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.