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MBBS, MD - Medicine, DM - Cardiology
Director and HOD - Pediatric Cardiology
MBBS, MD - Pediatrics, Fellowship - Neonatology
Director - Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
Pediatric Cardiologist, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon
MBBS, MD - Pediatrics, DM - Cardiology
Senior Consultant - Paediatric Cardiology
What is Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)?
Ventricular Septal Defect, commonly known as a hole in the heart, is a congenital (present at birth) heart defect which causes an abnormal opening in the ventricular septum, or a wall that separates the two lowermost chambers of the heart. Normally, the well-oxygenated blood stays in the left ventricle while the poorly oxygenated blood stays within the right ventricle.
However, VSD allows the blood in these two chambers to mix with each other. While a small ventricular septal defect may cause no problem, larger ones may require surgery, in order to prevent serious complications. There are various types of VSD that can affect children, including membranous, muscular, atrioventricular canal type and conal septal VSD.
What are the signs of VSD in children?
If the parents are worried about the presences of VSD in their babies and developing children, they can lookout for the following signs and symptoms, which indicate a ventricular septal defect:
Getting tired quickly while eating and playing
Shortness of breath
Heavy and rapid breathing
Feeling of congestion while breathing
Poor growth and weight gain
The symptoms of VSD are not always the same for every child, and in some cases may not even appear until later childhood. If you think your child might be affected by VSD, consult a Pediatric Cardiologist for further medical guidance.
What causes Ventricular Septal Defect in children?
The fetus usually develops during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. If there are multiple complications related to the pregnancy during this time, there might be a faulty development of heart walls and the baby develops a higher risk of being affected by VSD. It can also be a result of genetics and family history of heart defects. While the size of the opening can be small or large, the number of openings can also differ.
How can I prevent VSD from affecting my baby?
The most effective way of preventing your baby from being affected by Ventricular Septal Defect is by ensuring a healthy pregnancy. This also includes taking proper care of yourself before conceiving. Some of the other tips for a healthy pregnancy include:
Regular exercise or any other physical activity
Avoiding infections and other complications
Maintain a normal blood sugar level
Avoid high blood pressure levels
Eat a healthy diet
Where can I find a list of Pediatric Cardiologists in Delhi?
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