Ventricular Septal Defect Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Ventricular Septal Defect
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you or your child. Treatment options include the following:
More than half of VSDs will close on their own. So if there are no signs of heart failure, your doctor may recommend periodic check-ups to see if the defect closes on its own.
Surgery is often recommended to repair large VSDs that cause symptoms or that have not closed by one year of age. Surgery for a VSD involves open heart surgery to place a patch over the hole.
In cases of VSD in which a child fails to gain weight, extra nutrition may be needed. This consists of high-calorie formulas, breast milk supplements, and tube-feedings.