Dr Dee Cohn Dee Cohn

First post: Jul 16, 2018 Latest post: Jul 19, 2018

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Dee has been diagnosed with:

An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of your heart (atria). The condition is present at birth (congenital). Small defects may never cause a problem and may be found incidentally. It's also possible that small atrial septal defects may close on their own during infancy or early childhood.Large and long-standing atrial septal defects can damage your heart and lungs. An adult who has had an undetected atrial septal defect for decades may have a shortened life span from heart failure or high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension). Surgery may be necessary to repair atrial septal defects to prevent complications. Luckily Dee has no pulmonary hypertension, just enlarging of the right side of the heart.

An atrial septal defect (ASD) allows freshly oxygenated blood to flow from the left upper chamber of the heart (left atrium) into the right upper chamber of the heart (right atrium). There, it mixes with deoxygenated blood and is pumped to the lungs, even though it's already refreshed with oxygen.If the atrial septal defect is large, this extra blood volume can overfill the lungs and overwork the right side of the heart. If not treated, the right side of the heart eventually enlarges and weakens.

Also, Dee has been found to also have a partial pulmonary venous return defect which is a rare cardiac defect. The most common form  of PAPVC and is the one in which a right upper pulmonary vein connects to the right atrium.

July 16 2018 Dee is having a pediatric surgeon (Dr Q) fix these defects at age 65. Usually these conditions are normally fixed in early life. She will be on the 8th floor at the new University of KY Hospital. Please feel free to talk to Alan while he waits, it is going to be a long day for him.