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Congenital heart defects - intrauterine anomalies in the development of the heart (including its valves, septa) and large vessels. Their frequency is not the same in different regions, on average, they are observed in about 7 out of 100 live newborns; in adults, they are much less common. In a small part of cases, congenital defects are of a genetic nature, but the main reasons for their development are considered to be exogenous effects on organogenesis, mainly in the first trimester of pregnancy (viral, for example, rubella, and other maternal diseases, alcoholism, the use of certain drugs, exposure to ionizing radiation.
Classification. Several classifications of congenital heart defects have been proposed, common to which is the principle of dividing defects according to their effect on hemodynamics. The most generalizing systematization of defects is characterized by combining them, mainly by their effect on pulmonary blood flow, into the following 4 groups.
I. Defects with unchanged (or slightly altered) pulmonary blood flow: anomalies of the location of the heart, anomalies of the aortic arch, its coarctation of the adult type, aortic stenosis, atresia of the aortic valve; insufficiency of the pulmonary valve; mitral stenosis, atresia and valve insufficiency; three-atrial heart, defects of the coronary arteries and cardiac conduction system.
II. Defects with hypervolemia of the pulmonary circulation:
one). not accompanied by early cyanosis - patent ductus arteriosus, atrial and interventricular septal defects, Lyutambashe syndrome, aorto-pulmonary fistula, coarctation of the child-type aorta;
2). accompanied by cyanosis - tricuspid atresia with a large defect of the interventricular septum, patent ductus arteriosus with severe pulmonary hypertension and blood flow from the pulmonary trunk to the aorta.
III. Defects with hypovolemia of the pulmonary circulation:
one). not accompanied by cyanosis - isolated stenosis of the pulmonary trunk;
2). accompanied by cyanosis - the triad, tetrad and pentad of Fallot, tricuspid atresia with a narrowing of the pulmonary trunk or a small defect of the interventricular septum, Ebstein's anomaly (displacement of the tricuspid valve leaflets into the right ventricle), hypoplasia of the right ventricle.
IV. Combined defects with a violation of the relationship between different parts of the heart and large vessels: transposition of the aorta and pulmonary trunk (complete and corrected), their departure from one of the ventricles, Taussig-Byng syndrome, common arterial trunk, three-chambered heart with a single ventricle, etc.
Symptoms of a defect with a large defect appear in the first year of life: children are lagging behind in development, are inactive, pale; as pulmonary hypertension increases, shortness of breath appears, cyanosis with exertion, and a heart hump forms. In the III-IV intercostal space on the left edge of the sternum, an intense systolic murmur and the corresponding systolic tremor are determined. There is an increase and emphasis AND of the heart tone over the pulmonary trunk. Half of patients with large septal defects do not live up to 1 year due to the development of severe heart failure or the addition of infective endocarditis.
With a small defect in the muscular part of the septum (Tolochinov's disease - Roger), the defect can be asymptomatic for many years (children develop normally mentally and physically) or manifest itself mainly by frequent pneumonia. In the first 10 years of life, spontaneous closure of a small defect is possible; if the defect persists, pulmonary hypertension gradually builds up in subsequent years, leading to heart failure.
Treatment is only surgical. In the case when the operation is impossible, the patient is prescribed a regimen of limited physical activity, which postpones the decompensation of the defect, and with the onset of heart failure, mainly symptomatic treatment is carried out. Some congenital heart defects (gl. Arr. From group 1) do not require special treatment.
The following are some of the most common congenital heart defects in adults.
Dextrocardia is a dystopia of the heart in the chest cavity with most of it located to the right of the midline of the body. Such an anomaly of the location of the heart without inversion of its cavities is called dextroversion. The latter is usually combined with other congenital heart defects. The most common dextrocardia with inversion of the atria and ventricles (it is called true, or mirror), which can be one of the manifestations of the complete reverse arrangement of internal organs. Mirror dextrocardia is not combined, as a rule, with other congenital heart defects, hemodynamic disturbances are absent in it.
The diagnosis is suggested when a right-sided apical impulse of the heart is detected and corresponding changes in the percussion boundaries of relative cardiac dullness. Electrocardiographic and X-ray examinations confirm the diagnosis. On the ECG with true dextrocardia, the P, R and Tv waves of leads aVL and 1 are directed downward, and in lead aVR - upward, that is, the picture observed in a healthy person is noted when the location of the electrodes on the left and right hand is interchanged; in the chest leads the amplitude of the R waves in the direction of the cool leads does not increase, but decreases. The ECG takes its usual form if the electrodes on the limbs are interchanged, and the chest electrodes are set in symmetrical left-right positions.
X-ray is determined by the mirror image of the cardiovascular beam; while the right contour of the shadow of the heart is formed by the left ventricle, and the left - by the right atrium. With a complete reverse arrangement of organs, the liver is detected by palpation, percussion and X-ray on the left; it should be remembered and communicated to the gods that with this anomaly the appendix is ​​located on the left.

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