Features January 2018 Issue

This Type of Hole in the Heart Can Be Sealed without Surgery

Left: An ASD allows blood to flow from the left atrium into the right atrium, rather than the left ventricle. Right: Once the hole is patched, oxygenated blood flows into the left ventricle and is pumped out into the body.

This Type of Hole in the Heart Can Be Sealed without Surgery

Atrial septal defect, the most common congenital heart defect, can often be repaired with patches delivered through a catheter.

It seems hard to believe that you can have a hole in your heart and not know it. But some people born with an atrial septal defect (ASD) live well into adulthood before developing symptoms that alert them to a problem.

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