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Diagnosis Heart & Vascular

Ventricular Septal Defect

Most ventricular septal defects (VSD) are discovered during childhood because a murmur, an extra heart sound, is heard during a physical examination. In addition to a physically exam, your doctor may suggest tests including:

  • Chest X-ray to see the heart's size
  • Echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound examination of the heart
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), which records the heart's electrical activity

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.