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Atrial Septal Defect

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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 Jefferson Heart Institute can guide you through diagnosis and treatment, which may include an ASD closure. Unlike smaller hospitals, Jefferson 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 Jefferson Angioplasty Center may be able to offer a less invasive option or no surgery at all.