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Atrial Septal Defects and PFO

Atrial septal defects (ASD) and patent formal ovale (PFO) are commonly recognized congenital cardiac anomalies presenting in adulthood.   These anomalies, also commonly referred to as “a hole in the heart” consist of an abnormal connection between the right and left upper chambers (the atria) of the heart. If this hole is large enough, it can cause enlargement of the heart and result in high pressures in the lungs. Other complications can include abnormal heart rhythms.

Symptoms are subtle and most individuals are asymptomatic till the fourth or fifth decade of life. Symptoms may consist of fatigue, shortness of breath or palpitations. The diagnosis is made by performing an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram) and measurement of pressures and blood flow directly in the heart by cardiac catheterization.

Once discovered most of these defects can be repaired using a minimally invasive procedure during a cardiac catheterization and surgery is rarely needed.

 

       

Cardiology and Cardiovascular Imaging

     
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suites 3850 
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Cardiology:
914.909.6900 
Cardiovascular Imaging:
914.909.6925
New Windsor Division
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 200
New Windsor, NY 12553
845.561.2773 
 
        

Cardiothoracic Surgery

     
Valhalla Division
100 Woods Road 
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.493.8793
     
        

Vascular Surgery

     
Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
914.493.7000
   
       
Hawthorne
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 3750
Hawthorne, NY 10532
914.909.6835
Mount Kisco
103 South Bedford Road, Suite 207
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
914.241.3204
 
       
New Windsor Division
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 200
New Windsor, NY 12553
845.561.2773
White Plains
15 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601
914.593.1234
 



To learn more about the services provided by Westchester Heart and Vascular please contact us at:

866-WMC-HEART (866.962.4327).