Re: Hole in the heart repair... questions
This response is for Kitten1980. Kitten, I have an ASD which was discovered when I was 30 years old and pregnant with my first child. I was told to have the repair after I gave birth so I could have more children. (I did have another child). Of course, the thought of open heart surgery was frightening but I felt that I had no choice. The fact that you are only 24 would help you in your recovery. I had the surgery 12 years ago and I think now some ASD's can be repaired without open heart surgery, but rather, with something similar to an angioplasty. You should check that out with your doctor. Anyway, I had the surgery, took about 6 weeks to physically heal, and a few months more to feel completely fine. I'm currently 43 and in the past few months I had an episode of atrial flutter. My heart was beating 250 beats per minute! The doctors couldn't understand why this happened to me and when I told them I had an ASD, they put two and two together. Once the physical hole from the ASD is repaired, the underlying congenital defect is still there, so there could be some effects in the future, like my atrial flutter. How was your hole discovered? My gynecologist heard a murmur and sent me to a cardiologist. I had the ASD my whole life and never knew it!