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A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is the most common congenital (present at birth) heart defect. You may have heard it called a “hole in the heart.” The hole is in the wall between the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) and it causes the heart to work harder than usual. With early diagnosis and advanced treatment, we can do a lot to protect your child’s heart now, and in the future. 

In the Nemours Children's Cardiac Center, our experts will discuss your concerns, answer your questions and provide treatment options. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons (specialists in surgical procedures of the chest, including heart and lungs) are here to treat your child’s ventricular septal defect symptoms, and create a personalized care plan. We will guide your family from diagnosis through treatment and beyond — to help your child live their life to the fullest.  

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World-class pediatric heart care requires the compassion to understand your family's journey, and the expertise to heal even the most complex conditions. Our pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons treat a vast array of heart defects in infants, children and teens, using the most innovative, up-to-date approaches. Our specialty is the early detection and repair of heart problems. Nemours Cardiac Center teams have been recognized for their commitment to delivering top-notch, compassionate care to children with congenital heart disease. 

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