Atrial Septal Defect

Atrial Septal Defect

If you’re one of the thousands of people in the Delaware Valley who suffers from advanced heart failure, expert care from our Advanced Heart Failure specialists is available to you. At Heart and Vascular Care Consultants, we provide cardiac patients with leading-edge medical and surgical options, including heart transplants.

Atrial septal defect (ASD) is an uncommon congenital heart defect and if you have no other heart defects, may never be detected.

ASD is present when the wall that separates the upper chambers of the heart does not close completely. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, frequent respiratory infections in children or palpitations as an adult.

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with ASD and the opening is too large, or you are experiencing symptoms, you may require surgery to close the defect.

The experts at the Heart and Vascular Care Consultants Heart Institute can guide you through diagnosis and treatment, which may include an ASD closure. Unlike smaller hospitals, Heart and Vascular Care Consultants interventional cardiologists can perform this procedure using minimally invasive techniques that will reduce your hospital stay and increase your recovery time.

If you have been told you need open heart surgery, however, physicians of the Heart and Vascular Care Consultants Angioplasty Center may be able to offer a less invasive option or no surgery at all.