Submitted by Dr T on April 1, 2013 – 3:19pm
It means: normal position of the heart, with small openings (the VSD and ASD defects) connecting the right side of the heart with the left side (these normally stop communicating shortly after birth). Another way of explaining:
A ventricular septal defect, or VSD, is a hole in the wall (septum) between the lower pumping chambers (ventricles) of the heart. VSD is the most common congenital (present at birth) heart defect. VSDs are generally found in infancy.
An ASD is similar but between the upper two chambers of the heart. If severe an operation may be needed to correct the defects.
Read more here:
- The normal heart
The following pages are meant for medical students and may be too technical, but take a look anyway:
However, in your son’s case it is likely nothing needs to be done and the openings will close spontaneously with time. He will need to be followed with echocardiograms till that has been confirmed.
Hope he gets better soon,