Atrial Septal Defect(ASD) - a hole in the septum between the upper left and upper right heart chambers. This causes mixing of the red and blue blood, thus overworking the right side of the heart. The three types of ASD's are Sinus Venosus, Ostium Primum and Ostium Secundum. Sometimes the ASD can be closed during a cardiac catheterization or surgery may be required.
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) - a hole in the septum of the lower left and lower right heart chambers. This allows blue blood to mix with red blood, causing the heart to be overworked and possibly enlarged. A small hole may not need to be closed, a medium-sized hole may be closed during a cardiac catheterization and a larger hole may require surgery.
Bicuspid Aortic Valve(BAV) - a defect of the aortic valve that results in the formation of two leaflets or cusps instead of the normal three. Normally only the mitral valve (bicuspid valve) has two cusps (instead of three). The aortic valve is situated between the left atrium and left ventricle. About 1-2% of the population have bicuspid aortic valves, although the condition is nearly twice as common in males. It is more common than any other congenital cardiac anomaly. In many cases, the condition will cause no problems. However, especially later in life, a bicuspid aortic valve may become calcified, which may lead to varying degrees of severity of aortic stenosis and aortic regurgitation, which will manifest as murmurs. If these become severe enough, they may require heart surgery.
Jonathon had surgery February 5, 2008 for ASD/VSD repair. He sees his Cardiologist once a year in August. If everything looks good this year we may be moved up to seeing his Cardiologist once every 2 years!
His BAV is being monitored and always will. We have no worries or concerns at this time.
To celebrate Jonathon's 2nd anniversary of HAPPY HEART DAY we are having a small party once again! Tonight Grandpa and Grandma Panczyk, Mr. Randy, and big brothers and mommy and daddy are having a lasagna, garlic bread and salad dinner with special homemade punch to drink. Afterwards we will celebrate with a Happy Heart Cake and Neapolitan Icecream(Jonathon's favorite) and lots of balloons!!
I am thoroughly amazed how far technology has come in life and I am very happy with the team of doctors and nurses that we have for Jonathon. Thank you for choosing the medical field as your career and for saving so many lives.
I love you Jonathon! I am so proud of you! Enjoy your special day!
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