Ventricular Septal Defect – Heart of gold!

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Ventricular Septal Defect – Heart of gold!

What is a VSD – Ventricular Septal Defect?

VSD is a hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of the heart.

In normal development, the wall between the chambers closes before the fetus is born, so that by birth, oxygen-rich blood is kept from mixing with the oxygen-poor blood. When the hole does not close, it may cause higher pressure in the heart or reduced oxygen to the body.

When I was born, I was diagnosed with a hole in my heart; a condition known as ventricular septal defect (VSD) which is a hole in the tissue between the heart’s lower chambers. As a kid, I used to frequent Red Cross Children’s hospital for regular checkups and ECG.

Doctors would monitor my heart condition and wait to see if the hole would close on its own. Over the years, my doctors advised that surgery was not necessary and that the hole would grow close over time.

Living an active lifestyle is something very important to me. At a young age my parents always showed restraint when it came to my sporting activities. I did however participate in table tennis, mini tennis and hikes and felt that this heart murmur would not impact on my performance. After my schooling days, I joined a tenpin bowling and tennis club where to this day I still compete.

Charging ahead with the Fitbit Charge 2. Been testing this device out for a few weeks now and I am able to track my heart rate progress during my activities.

I am really enjoying my sporting activities. I am able to perform without the aid of medical treatment. I love to push myself on the court or lanes whenever I compete without putting my condition at risk.