Thousands of patients have put their hearts in our capable hands over the years. If you or a loved one suffers from or is at risk of cardiovascular disease, we can help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Carondelet Medical Group – St. Mary’s at (520) 396-1370, OR Carondelet Medical Group – Cardiology East at (520) 886-3432.

Ischemic Ventricular Septal Defects

The specialists at Carondelet Medical Group treat complex cardiac conditions including ventricular septal defects. Feel confident that you always receive compassionate care from the members of our staff in a respectful and welcoming environment. We invite you contact us to schedule an appointment.

Understanding Ventricular Septal Defects

A ventricular septal defect, or VSD, is a hole in the heart. Specifically, it is located in the wall of the heart – called the septum – that separates the lower chambers of the heart – the ventricles. This means that blood rich in oxygen gets pumped back into the lungs instead of going out to the rest of the body. As a result, the heart has to go into overdrive and work harder to circulate oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Ischemia occurs when the heart is not getting enough blood as a result of the presence of VSD.

Causes of VSDs

VSDs can be congenital, meaning present at birth. In this instance they may be discovered while the baby is still in the womb, shortly after birth, or well into adulthood. Symptoms depend on the size and number of VSDs present. Some VSDs will close on their own without the need for surgery. There are certain medications that can help alleviate symptoms such as shortness of breath or trouble nursing in infants with VSD.

They can also occur later in life as the result of a heart attack or after heart surgery. In this instance the treatment will depend on the individual circumstances involved. We work closely with our patients and their family members to strive for the best possible outcome.

Contact Our Office

Embark on your medical journey with Carondelet medical group in your corner. We want to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible placing your confidence in our guidance. Contact our offices, Carondelet Medical Group – St. Mary’s at (520) 396-1370, or Carondelet Medical Group – Cardiology East at (520) 886-3432 to schedule an appointment with a member of our compassionate staff.