An ASD allows for an increased amount of blood to flow into the right side of the heart leading to right atrial and right ventricle dilatation. If the ASD is significant in size and if left untreated overtime it can lead to right-sided heart failure. A less common outcome of an ASD may include pulmonary hypertension due to an increase in pressures in the right side of the heart and lungs.
This course will cover the hemodynamic significance of a atrial septal defect (ASD) to include the echocardiogram findings covered in detail including how to identify the five types of ASD and how to correctly document an ASD on an echocardiogram using 2D, color and spectral Doppler. Other information covered will include treatment options and associated syndromes.