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.
Ventricular Septal Defect
Expert Care for VSD
In the Nemours 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.
Services We Offer for Ventricular Septal Defect
The expert teams in our Nemours Cardiac Center locations offer a full range of pediatric heart care to diagnose and treat your child’s VSD. Services vary by specialist and location, but may include:
- Cardiac Diagnostic Testing. State-of-the-art, noninvasive and minimally invasive tests for kids of all ages, including babies still in the womb. An echocardiogram (“echo”) uses sound waves create images and diagnose VSD.
- Cardiology. Your child’s cardiologist will help with medications and monitoring, as well as long-term treatment plans.
- Genetics Counseling. Babies with certain genetic conditions or a family member with heart problems may be more likely to have VSD.
- Cardiac Catheterization. A procedure used to diagnose or treat cardiac problems by inserting a thin plastic, flexible tube (called a “catheter”) into an artery or vein, and for VSD it is sometimes used to help confirm the diagnosis or even repair it.
- Heart Surgery. If open-heart surgery is needed to correct the VSD, the timing will vary based on your child’s symptoms — from right after birth to a few months or more.
Why Choose Us for Ventricular Septal Defect Repair & Care
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.
Regional Ventricular Septal Defect Highlights
Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer care for newborns and children with ventricular septal defect at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.
The Nemours Cardiac Center located at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Report.
We offer care for newborns and children with ventricular septal defect at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.
Our renowned pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery team at the Nemours Cardiac Center in Central Florida offers inpatient, critical and surgical care at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando — including dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists and state-of-the-art cardiac intensive care unit (CICU).
A dedicated cardiac program for kids with Down syndrome. Since about half of the babies born with Down syndrome also have congenital heart defects, our Cardiac Center experts work with our on-site neuromuscular specialists to evaluate and treat heart defects — including atrioventricular and ventricular septal defects and tetralogy of Fallot.
We offer care for ventricular septal defect at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola and our hospital affiliate, West Florida Healthcare, with outpatient and follow-up appointments also available at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.
Our Nemours Cardiac Center in Pensacola is home to one of the few accredited pediatric transthoracic and fetal echocardiography labs in Florida and, if needed, can facilitate the transfer of extremely ill children between our Nemours Cardiac Center locations (e.g., to Nemours Children’s Hospital).