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my mum is 65 and she has a hole in her heart, i would like

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hi my mum is 65 and she has a hole in her heart, i would like to take her in a hot air baloon ride as a suprise is she safe to fly??
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Is it an atrial septal defect?

Customer:

it is the one where the blood pumps into other side of the heart. and it makes her breathless. her flap that should have covered the valve isnt there. im sorry am i making sense

Dr. Shahzad MD :

does she have any symptoms like shortness of breath?

Customer:

yes

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I would actually not recommend the hot air balloon for her

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I would like that you should ask the cardiologist as well who is treating her to be sure

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But as far as I am concerned my answer is no

Customer:

so she is classed as a high risk then

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes

Customer:

is it serious? her condition or managable

Dr. Shahzad MD :

well, the thing is that she is short of breath

Dr. Shahzad MD :

which means low oxygen in the blood

Dr. Shahzad MD :

so when she goes in a hot air balloon ---> more low oxygen

Dr. Shahzad MD :

which can cause more problems

Customer:

thank you so much for your time and your explination i really appreciate it. :-)

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You are most welcome

Dr. Shahzad MD :

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Customer:

take care bye

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You too bye :)

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