• 4 months ago

    Small Membranous Ventricular Septal Defect


    I was born with a "quarter sized" VSD (according to my parents) and an irregular heartbeat. My heart was monitored up until the age of 7 when the VSD had closed enough to not be considered harmful (the size of the tip of a ball-point pen). I had not had my heart checked again from that point and did not end up getting any surgery to close the VSD.

    My irregular heartbeat and murmur stayed with me my whole life and I later developed asthma around the age of 10, the doctor at the time said that it was likely related to my heart condition.

    I have had a few episodes that have resulted with me in the hospital over my childhood-teen years that felt like massive heart pains and chest pains, but were always diagnosed as panic attacks.

    I am now 24 and I do feel like my heart doesn't work the same as people around me, I tend to have a high resting heart rate (90-100 bpm), my blood-pressure is usually average and I have asthma attacks when I exert myself (high intensity sports, sexual activity, etc.). I decided to go to a cardiologist to get my heart looked at just to make sure everything was still okay.

    The doctor did an EKG and an echo-cardiogram, he said that he found a very small membranous ventricular septal defect, but that he did not hear any when he listened. He said that I should be fine because my heart was shaped properly and appeared to be functioning regularly. No other tests were done and he said that I should be at no risk and that I could live my life without worry of my heart. He also recommend I get it rechecked in about 5-10 years.

    I am just wondering if I should get a second opinion because there were no physical tests (or tests that required any strain on my heart) to see if I was at any risk. Is it possibly for the doctor to tell just from 2 resting tests that I am safe to engage in physical activity without precautions?


  • 4 months ago

    RE: Small Membranous Ventricular Septal Defect


    "I am just wondering if I should get a second opinion"

    Well it can't hurt and you owe it to yourself to get some absolute peace of mind in the matter at this time, right.

    Noteworthy, sometimes, a stress-echo is better than a resting-only echo as problems and/or symptoms may/can appear only while the heart is under stress or a load.

    Take care,


    WebMD Member (since 8/99)



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