With more than 17 years of experience, Dr. Arul is a highly experienced Pediatric cardiac surgeon. He has performed many cardiac surgeries in both pediatric and adults. He completed his MBBS from Dr. M.G.R. Medical University in 1998. Later on, he did a diploma in Child health from the same university in 2002. In 2010, he was awarded the Fellowship of Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH), UK. He also received a fellowship in 2011 from Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, London in Congenital Cardiac MRI. In his endeavor to keep on gaining knowledge, Dr. Arul completed his CCT from the prestigious PGIMER, Chandigarh in 2012.
Dr. Arul is currently the Head of Department of Pediatric Cardiology in Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai. Various research articles of Dr. Arul, related to pediatric cardiology, have been published in indexed journals. He is an esteemed member of General Medical Council UK, Karnataka Medical Council, British Congenital Cardiac Association, and Association of European Pediatric Cardiology. Prior to this, he was associated with Gleneagles Global Clinic, Adyar and Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai. His area of expertise includes Stenotic Pulmonary artery, ASD, PDA, VSD device closures, Coarctation of aorta and stenting of Pulmonary Aorta. He is also an expert in the diagnosis and management of various cardiovascular disorders.
Holes in the heart are a type of congenital heart disease. Ventricular septal defect (VSD) and atrial septal defect (ASD) are the two most common congenital defects that may affect an individual. These occur due to structural malformation in the walls of the heart when these are developing at the fetal stage. ASD and VSD can be repaired and closed as soon as they are identified or right after birth. ASD is the hole in the septa that divides the two atrium and VSD refers to the hole in the ventricular walls. The holes allow the reverse flow of blood, thus, facilitating the mixing of pure and impure blood.
Typically, medications are administered to see whether ASD or VSD closes on its own. In case the defect does not close on its own and the individual continues to experience atrial septal defect symptoms such as breathing difficulties, heart murmurs, shortness of breath, and respiratory infections, then a surgery is recommended. The surgical procedure for atrial septal defect repair and ventricular septal defect treatment are almost the same, except the fact that different parts of the heart are targeted during the surgery.
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