I have heard that people suffer from holes in the heart? where does this occur and in which part of the heart and how is it replaced??

Asked by Jns Pavani | 21st May, 2013, 04:49: PM

Expert Answer:

Holes in the heart are simple congenital heart defects. It is also called an atrial septal defect. Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart's structure that are present at birth. These defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart.
An atrial septal defect have an opening in the wall (septum) between the atria. As a result, some oxygenated blood from the left atrium flows through the hole in the septum into the right atrium, where it mixes with oxygen-poor blood and increases the total amount of blood that flows toward the lungs.
It can be treated by threading a catheter to the hole to close it.

Answered by  | 24th May, 2013, 11:40: AM

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