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Ventricular Septal Defect

Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Symptoms and Causes

A ventricular septal defect (VSD), also called a hole in the heart, is a common heart defect that is present at birth (congenital). Fortunately, ventricular septal defect is readily treatable. Smaller ventricular septal defects often close by themselves and don't cause problems. Others need surgical repair, sometimes not until the condition is first detected or symptoms first develop in adulthood. Many people with ventricular septal defects have normal, productive lives with few related problems. Signs and symptoms of serious heart defects often appear during the first few days, weeks and months of a child's life.