According to research, almost 1% of all live infants born in a given year have congenital heart defects (CHD). The Ventricular Septal Disease (VSD), also known as a hole or CHD, is one of the most common CHD in infants. Parents should be concerned about their child’s organ development and seek a consultation for Congenital Heart Disease.
After learning more about the condition, parents might start to search for a pediatric cardiologist in their area. Don’t worry, German Heart Centre has more information about this topic via this blog. We can also help you build relationships with the best pediatric cardiologists in Dubai.
What is Ventricular Sepal Defect (VSD), or Hole in The Heart?
VSD, or a hole in the heart, is a problem within the heart’s structure that causes blood to stop flowing normally. VSDs can cause blood flow to be blocked in one direction or the other. This causes oxygen-rich blood to pump into the lungs and not out. You may have more than one hole. The size and location of these holes can also vary. There are many factors that can influence the development of holes in the hearts among infants. However, it is not always due to mothers doing something wrong during pregnancy. These factors could include:
- The inheritance
- Genetic Disorders such as Down syndrome
- During pregnancy, smoking, drinking or using cannabis
- Mother’s medical condition, such as Diabetes or heart attack
- Some medications
- Viral infection like rubella (German measles) during pregnancy
A Baby Can Survive With a Heartbreak?
Children with VDS are often viewed as weak or sickly, but in reality they have no excess mortality. According to the Pulse Health Institute, the most common heart problems they see, such Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD), are not fatal. VSD can often close by itself, as has been shown in many cases. VDS can also be treated in children who are healthy and live normal lives. Some cases involving children with larger anomalies or those with associated heart problems are more serious and may require surgery. Early detection is key to determining if the defect can be closed on its own or requires frequent medical attention.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms Of VDS?
The Ventricular Septal Defect, also known as a hole in your heart, can occur as soon as the baby is born. It can also develop during the earliest stages of fetal growth. This defect is first and foremost detected by a doctor hearing heart murmurs. Many cases do not show any symptoms. If the baby has a problem with his/her heart, or has any other medical conditions, they may be able to experience alarming symptoms like:
- Breathing distress, such as rapid breathing or shortness of breath
- Weight gain difficulties
- Respiratory infections recurrent
- Heart rate fast
- Pale skin, appearance of bluish colour around the lips and fingernails
- Incapable to feed continuously
- You will sweat a lot while you eat
- Inability to lose weight
- Excessive crying
- Blue baby
- Playing can quickly make you tired
You should consult a Dubai child cardiologist if you notice any of these signs in your baby. They will be able to provide you with the right treatment and plan of action to ensure your baby is healthy and prevent future problems.
How is VDS diagnosed?
VDS can be diagnosed with the assistance of well-equipped hospitals and pediatric cardiologists who are experienced. This is based on results from a physical examination, tests and procedures. VDS and ASD can be diagnosed at different times. ASD is typically diagnosed in childhood, while VDS is diagnosed in adulthood. VDS can be diagnosed using procedures such as the ones below:
- Physical Examination
- Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
- Chest X Ray
- Pulse Oximetry
- Cardiac Catheterization
The German Heart Centre is blessed with the top pediatric cardiologists in Dubai who can diagnose and treat all types of heart defects in children and infants. The German Hearts Centre team is committed to providing the best possible patient care to improve their patients’ quality-of-life. The team is equipped with the most recent technology and a screening test that allows them to make accurate diagnoses that can help reduce patient’s difficulties. German Heart Centre is the best place to find a Dubai child cardiologist. Book your appointment today!