Diagnostic Tests & Procedures
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Closure of Congenital Heart Defects
(PFO, ASD) without Surgery

Doctor showing patient model of a heartSome infants are born with holes in the walls that separate the chambers of the heart. Depending on the type of hole, these defects are known as a patent foramen ovale (PFO) or an atrial septal defect (ASD). These holes may close spontaneously during childhood, but sometimes they can stay open and may cause problems, such as heart failure or stroke, later in life. In the past, open heart surgery was required to fix this problem. Now, we are able to offer patients a safe, non-surgical solution using special catheters and plugs under x-ray and ultrasound guidance. This is performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory by an interventional cardiologist. Mild sedation is used to avoid the risks of general anesthesia. Most people go home the next day and are back to work in a few days.

Southcoast Physicians Group An affiliate of Southcoast Physicians Group.