In most cases, atrial septal defects cannot be prevented. If you plan to get pregnant, schedule a visit to your doctor.
This session should include:
- Testing for rubella immunity. If you are not immune, ask your doctor about vaccination.
- Study your current health status and medications. You will need to monitor certain health issues during pregnancy. Your doctor may also recommend that you change or stop taking certain medications before you become pregnant.
- Study of your family’s medical history. If you have a family history of heart defects or other genetic diseases, consider talking to a geneticist doctor to determine what your children’s risk of having a heart defect may be.