a whole in a heart can it be cured?
whole in the heart can it b cured if yes then how and how much time will it take 2 be cured
- gangadharan nairLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
A hole (not whole) in the heart means Atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect. The same can not be cured by medication. The same can be cured only by surgery.
Atrial septal defect (ASD) repair
* The atrial septum is the wall between the left and right atria (upper chambers) of the heart. There is a natural opening before birth that usually closes on its own when a baby is born. When the flap does not close, the child has an ASD.
* Sometimes ASDs can be closed without open-heart surgery. First, the surgeon makes a tiny cut in the groin. Then the surgeon inserts tubes into a blood vessel that go into the heart. Next, 2 small umbrella-shaped "clamshell" devices are placed on the right and left sides of the septum. These 2 devices are attached to each other. This closes the hole in the heart. Not all medical centers do this procedure.
* Open-heart surgery may also be done to repair ASD. Using open-heart surgery, the septum can be closed using stitches, or sutures. Another way is to cover the septum with a patch made of membrane or a man-made material.
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) repair
* The ventricular septum is the wall between the left and right ventricles (lower chambers) of the heart. A hole in the ventricular septum is called a VSD.
* By age 8 for most children with this problem, small VSDs often close on their own and do not need surgery. This depends on where the hole is.
* Larger VSDs, small ones in certain parts of the ventricular septum, or ones that cause heart failure or endocarditis (inflammation) need open-heart surgery. They also require placing a man-made patch over the hole to cover it.
* Some septal defects can be closed using heart catheterization (passing a thin tube into the heart).Source(s): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/00... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrial_septal_defect http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventricular_septal_de... http://www.medicinenet.com/congenital_heart_diseas... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/764035.stm
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It depends where the hole is but holes can be treated with surgery (patching the hole) or by catheterisation where a device is put across the hole to block it off.
It can take from just over an hour to a few hours depending on whether there are other problems and how complex the operation is.
As soon as the hole is blocked it's 'cured'.
- 1 decade ago
yes , a hole in the heart can be cured
by surgery or by non - surgical meansSource(s): i am a resident in cardiac surgery