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Forum Name: Valvular Heart Diseases

Question: 4 holes in heart


 vishan_ag2k2 - Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:57 pm

Age = 21

Sex = Female

Past Diag. = Blood test, Chest x-ray (every moth), ECG (Every 6 months)

Past Surgeries = NONE

Family History = Father has some BP prob (age 54)

How long a person can survive with 4 holes in heart in which 2 of them are blocked at the age of 21?

Can it be operated safely?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:53 am

User avatar Hi Vishan_ag2k2,

This is a difficult question to answer because the answer depends on many factors including: how large the holes are, where the holes are and if there are any other complications.

Often, these holes can be closed via catheterization if necessary. This procedure is done by catheterization of the vein or artery of the leg in the groin area. Recovery from this procedure is much faster than when the holes need to be closed by open heart surgery. When holes are closed, or if holes are very small there is generally no impact on length of life.

I would recommend you follow up with a cardiologist to discuss the details of your situation more specifically. This will give you much better information.

Best wishes.

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