Septal Defect

Overview

The left and right sides of the heart are separated by a wall called the septum. Some people are born with a hole in either the upper septum (atrial septal defect) or the lower septum (ventricular septal defect). When these defects are present, oxygen-rich blood from the lungs may mix with oxygen-poor blood returning from the body.

Common symptoms of a septal defect may include shortness of breath, hard or fast breathing, and frequent respiratory infections.


Diagnosis, Treatment, and Therapies

To learn about ventricular septal defect diagnosis, treatment, and therapies, please visit one of our centers below, both are part of the larger Heart & Vascular Center.