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Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

What is an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)?

An Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a congenital heart condition where there is a hole in the septum, or wall, between the two upper chambers of the heart (atria). This hole allows more blood to flow through the lungs and creates more work for the right side of the heart, enlarging it and eventually weakening it. It can also increase the blood pressure in the lungs, resulting in pulmonary hypertension.

What are the causes and symptoms of atrial septal defect (ASD)?

ASDs develop in utero, so there are no real links or causes, but genetic or environmental factors may play a role. Many individuals with ASD are unaware that they have the disorder, but ASDs that remain undiagnosed can cause damage to the heart and lungs, shortening an individual’s life expectancy. It is a common condition that may not present any symptoms until late adulthood. These symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Heart murmurs
  • Swelling in the feet, legs, or abdomen
  • Stroke
  • Migraines

A cardiology specialist will conduct any of a number of tests to determine if the presence of an ASD, such as an EKG (electrocardiogram), chest x-ray, or a Doppler exam.

How is atrial septal defect treated?

Small ASDs may heal on their own, especially during infancy and early childhood. Larger ASDs have traditionally been treated through open-heart surgery, but recent advancements in technology now offer the possibility of repair through a catheter. The optimal treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the severity, size, and current impact of the ASD on an individual’s overall health.

The team at CardioVascular Health Clinic specializes in heart conditions and disorders like atrial septal defects. They use only the latest diagnostic equipment and state-of-the-art facilities to assess your unique situation and determine the best course of action.

Your heart’s health can’t wait another day. If you or a loved one suffer from atrial septal defect, call CardioVascular Health Clinic today at (405) 701-9880 or schedule an appointment online.

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