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The atrial septum is the wall between the heart's upper chambers, called the right and left atrium. An ASD is a hole between these two chambers, a fairly common heart defect present at birth.
Small ASDs may close on their own.
Larger holes will cause changes in the heart and lungs over time, making the right pumping chamber work harder.
To refer a patient, doctors can:
ASDs can occur in different parts of the heart wall:
Closing an ASD in the cath lab helps avoid the need for open-heart surgery.
We're not able to close all ASDs. The doctor will review your echocardiogram results to be sure this is the right treatment option for you.
During your heart cath, the doctor will:
You'll need to stay overnight in the hospital so we can observe you.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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