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US patient support groups Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts launched an awareness campaign on atrial septal defects (ASDs) thanks to an unrestricted educational grant by atHeart Medical.

The campaign provides patients and families of children with ASDs with information on symptoms and treatment options, including a downloadable discussion guide to prepare for health visits and an educational video featuring interventional cardiologist Scott Lim, MD, from University of Virginia.

“Like most congenital heart defects, ASDs deeply affect the lives of those born with them. We work to inspire hope and improve the quality of life of heart patients and their families through ongoing support, education and advocacy,” said Denise Duch Widzgowski, Mended Hearts President. “We are grateful to partners like atHeart Medical for enabling us to pursue our mission.”

ASDs are a congenital heart defect (CHD) and make up for 5 to 10 percent of all heart problems babies can be born with. It is important to treat an ASD as early as possible to prevent heart failure, stroke, lung problems, valve problems, and arrhythmias. Treatment will depend on the ASD size, the severity of symptoms and patient’s age.

“As a young company, we are incredibly proud to support the fabulous work that the Mended Hearts group conducts for patients in the USA, nationwide and chapter by chapter. Information, education and support can make the difference in patients’ lives and choices,’ said atHeart Medical CEO Laurent Grandidier.

View the ASD awareness information and materials on Mended Hearts website