ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT (ASD)
Commonly described as a “hole in the heart”
An ASD allows oxygen rich blood to flow into the oxygen-poor chamber, which would not otherwise occur.
This can increase blood flow to the lungs.
- Patients may experience shortness of breath, fatigue, and palpitations.
- Over time, the increased blood flow may lead to high blood pressure, arrhythmia, heart failure or an increased risk of stroke.1