Atrioventricular Septal Defect Research Paper

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Steven Moore 3/12/2016 Atrial/Ventricular Septal Defect Repair Surgical Procedure Task An atrioventricular septal defect is a condition that results in a defect located in the middle of the heart. The condition takes place when a hole forms between the heart 's atrium and ventricular chambers. This defect causes complications and makes it difficult for the mitral valve to regulate blood flow in the heart. The deregulation of blood flow affects the lungs by allowing extra blood to flow into the organs. The heart then has to overwork itself in order to pump this extra blood out of the lungs and will cause the heart muscle to enlarge, leading to high blood pressure and even heart failure if left untreated. Atrioventricular septal defect is…show more content…
Both complete and partial atrioventricular septal defects can be repaired by surgery. During the surgery, the doctor will both close the hole in the heart’s chambers and reconstruct the valves that have been damaged. The hole is closed during the procedure by applying one or two patches to the septum. These patches will become a permanent fixture of the heart’s septum, as eventually, the lining of the heart will grow over the patches. The mitral valve is also reconstructed during surgery either by repairing it or, if needed, replacing it so that the valve will close tightly enough to regulate the blood flow. However, during a complete atrioventricular septal defect repair, the doctor will also divide the single mitral valve into two separate valves, with one each on the left and right sides of the repaired septum. If dividing the mitral valve is not possible for the procedure, then a heart valve replacement would be needed to proceed. The anatomical system that is affected by this procedure is the cardiovascular system. The operation is performed in the chest cavity on the heart, with the septum and valves being reconstructed or replaced. The cardiovascular system is affected because this determines how well the heart is able to pump blood throughout the body. The surgical pathology of the atrioventricular septal defect repair procedure abnormal anatomy. This defect, which is created during gestation pre-birth, is considered

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