Acyanotic heart defect
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The condition of Acyanotic heart defect occurs when shunting (flowing) of blood occurs from the left side of the heart to the right side of the heart due to a structural defect (hole) in the interventricular septum. Patients retain normal levels of oxyhemoglobin saturation in systemic circulation.
- Shortness of Breath-(Maternal Child Nursing Care 2014)
- Congested cough
- Frequent respiratory infections
- Machine-like heart murmors
- Respiratory Distress
- Mild cyanosis (in right sided heart failure)
- Poor growth and development (from increased energy spent on breathing).
Left to right shunting heart defects include:
- Ventricular septal defect (VSD) (30% of all congenital heart defects)
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD)
Acyanotic heart defects without shunting include::
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