Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)

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A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole in the wall that separates the heart's two lower chambers. There are many different kinds of VSDs; some require early surgical repair, while others may only require observation.

In rare cases, large uncorrected VSDs can lead to pulmonary hypertension and low oxygen levels in the blood. Follow-up appointments in adulthood are essential to screen for residual defects and complications resulting from unrepaired defects.


Diagnosis, Treatment, and Therapies

To learn about ventricular septal defect diagnosis, treatment, and therapies, please visit the Adult Congenital Heart Center, part of the larger Heart & Vascular Center.