What is an Atrial Septal Defect?
An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a congenital heart defect that allows blood to pass between the left and right atria via the interatrial septum. When this septum is missing or defective, venous blood and arterial oxygen-rich blood can mix and be pushed throughout the body with less oxygen than is needed. One specific type of ASD is patent foramen ovale (PFO).
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How is Atrial Septal Defect Treated at TriHealth?
Small atrial septal defects in otherwise healthy patients can go untreated. Commonly the PFO will be repaired via surgery, but newer catheter-based options are now available. Treatments for atrial septal defects include:
Our cardiac specialists perform over 650 heart surgeries every year, including procedures performed using minimally invasive techniques.
Our interventional cardiologists boast a 100 percent success rate on catheter-based closure of a patent foramen ovale (PFO).