VSD and Receiving Social Security Disability BenefitsYour heart has four chambers. The upper left and right chambers are known as an atrium. The lower left and right chambers are referred to as a ventricle. Your left and right chambers are completely separated from one another by a wall of muscle that is known as a septum if your heart is normal. Your left and right ventricle are separated by the ventricular septum. Your left and right atrium are separated by the atrial septum. When a baby is born, it is normal to have a small hole in the atrial septum. During the first few weeks in a babys life the hole usually closes. However, It is not considered normal for a baby to be born with a hole in the ventricular septum.
What is VSD?When this takes place, it is known as a VSD. VSD stands for ventricular septal defect, although it is commonly referred to as a hole in the heart. It is a condition where there are one or more holes (defects) in your ventricular septum. A VSD is congenital. This means that it was present when you were born. The most common congenital heart defect in babies is a VSD. Somewhere around 8 out of every 1,000 babies in the United States are born with heart defects. About 30% of these congenital heart defects are a VSD.
Types of VSD ventricular septal defectThere are different types of a VSD. The type of a VSD that you have is determined by where the VSD is located inside of your ventricular septum. A VSD can also vary in size. A VSD can develop by itself, or it can occur along with other congenital defects and conditions. A VSD is caused by your septum not fully forming during your development as an unborn baby. Your septum does not fully form due to errors that happen early in the forming of your heart. The reason why this takes place is not known in most cases. Researchers believe that genetic and environmental factors probably play a role in causing a VSD to take place. A VSD does seem to run in families. Also, a VSD sometimes occurs with other genetic conditions like Down syndrome.
Risks of getting VSDThere are other risk factors that may increase your likelihood of having a VSD. Some of these are:
- ? If your mother was infected with rubella (German measles) while she was pregnant
- ? If your mother was exposed to certain chemicals or radiation while she was pregnant
- ? If your mothers diabetes was not well controlled during her pregnancy
- ? If your mother used drugs or alcohol during her pregnancy.
- ? A rapid rate of breathing
- ? Confusion
- ? Lethargy, lack of energy that includes excessive sleepiness
- ? Fatigue
- ? Swelling of both of your legs
- ? Seizure
- ? Fainting
- ? Malaise (just not feeling well)
- ? Breathing problems, such as shortness of breath with exertion
- ? Waking up short of breath
- ? Shortness of breath when you lie flat
- ? Chronic cough
- ? Heart palpitations (heartbeat sensations that feel like your heart is racing or pounding)
- ? Coughing blood
- ? Chest pain.