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Re: Basketball Physical reveals heart murmur

Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on October 26, 1998 at 13:14:23:

In Reply to: Re: Basketball Physical reveals heart murmur posted by JPT on October 26, 1998 at 02:53:07:

: Hi, just wanted to share something with you regarding the heart murmur that was detected in your otherwise healthy grandson.  Our daughter is VERY athletic and this past spring, she went for her yearly sports physical.  She also did not pass it because they detected a heart murmur.  She was not sick, nor had any other symptoms.  I don't want to scare you or anything, just to let you know that you should get your Grandson checked out by a Cardiologist immediately just to make sure that he is ok.  Our daughter, after many tests, was diagnosed with an ASD (Atrial Septal Defect).  The hole was quite large and causing blood to return back to her lungs.  Also, when they repaired the hole, they found that her pulmonary artery was severely damaged and twisted.  The bottom line is, that the physician that did her physical, actually saved her life because otherwise, the murmur could have gone undetected.  Our daugher is 17 and doing great now.  She has returned playing volleyball and is getting ready for basketball season.  Good luck with your grandson and may God bless you both!  I certainly hope that your grandson will not have anything wrong with him, but PLEASE have him go to see a Cardiologist to make sure.  Thanks - JP Turner

Dear JP,
Thank you for your comments.  ASD (atrial septal defect) is often undetected and is usually correctable once it is found.  In this condition there is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart.  Long term complications of this disorder if it is not corrected include lung and heart failure.  
Correction can be done surgically or via catheter.  The surgical approach involves open heart surgery and about a week's hospitalization.   The catheter approach is currently done only at large medical centers and uses a "clamshell" device that clamps the hole shut.  It is done through a small hole usually in the leg.
I hope you find this information useful.  Information provided in the heart forum is for general purposes only.  Only your physician can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.  Please feel free to write back with additional questions.
If you would like to make an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, please call 1-800-CCF-CARE or inquire online by using the Heart Center website at www.ccf.org/heartcenter.  The Heart Center website contains a directory of the cardiology staff that can be used to select the physician best suited to address your cardiac problem.

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