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Ventricular Septal Defects

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Definition

Ventricular septal defect describes one or more holes in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart. Ventricular septal defect is one of the most common congenital (present from birth) heart defects. It may occur by itself or with other congenital diseases.

Symptoms

Patients with ventricular septal defects may not have symptoms.

The most common symptoms, however, include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast breathing
  • Hard breathing
  • Paleness
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Fast heart rate
  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating while feeding
  • Frequent respiratory infections
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