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A ventricular septal defect is a congenital defect in which there is a hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart, known as the right and left ventricles.
In patients with VSD, oxygen-rich (red) blood passes from the left ventricle through the opening in the septum, and mixes with oxygen-poor (blue) blood in the right ventricle. This can place a great deal of pressure on the lungs.
Doctors at Boston Children’s have revolutionized a way to treat VSD, and other congenital heart defects, without open heart surgery. In addition, Boston Children's has begun using angioplasty valve enlargement in order to preserve the pulmonary valve in treatment of VSD, thereby reducing the need for surgery at all.
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