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A professional athlete (football-soccer), 27 y.o, normal LVEF, atrial septal defect (secundum type) of 2mm, no significant shunting, mild tricuspid regurgitation, pulmonary artery pressure 40mmHg, feels good and is able to sustain through the intire game with a little Salbutamol inhalation. Spirometry findings were normal. Should he be allowed to continue with professional sports? Any suggestions?

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Hi,


I find it hard to believe there is an atrial septal defect of 2mm, that would be almost impossible to characterize in an adult, also as reported that size of defect would cause no significant shunting, and be of little to no consequence, i would suggest clearance from a local cardiologist to clarify the defect and give recommendations, although its hard to believe a 2mm defect would prevent someone from playing sports unless another problem is present,

Hope that was helpful,  

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Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Hypertension, Pulmonary Embolism, Structural and Valve Disease

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