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Atrial Septal Defect Closure at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Atrial Septal Defect Closure at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a congenital heart defect that is caused when the opening between the upper chambers of the heart does not close around the time the baby is born. This causes blood to continue to flow between the two heart chambers; pressure in the lungs may build up, causing less oxygen in the blood that goes to the body overtime. A patient with no other heart defect - or a small defect - may not have symptoms, or the symptoms may not occur until middle age or later (

Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida performs ASD closures at its Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center. This procedures eliminates the need for cardiac surgery, involves delivering a specialized ASD closure device, and it results in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery with similar efficacy compared to previous treatment methods, which involved invasive heart surgery.

Watch our physicians explain ASD and ASD Closure, and one of our patients from South Florida who recently underwent this procedure talk about her experience. According to Joanne Alleva, "[Before it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I was so tired. [After the procedure] I didn't have the heaviness. I was so thrilled. Now, I feel great."

Also featured in this video are our team of physicians who contributed to Ms. Alleva's treatments:
Alexander Llanos, MD, Inverventional Cardiologist and Structural Heart Disease Specialist
Joshua Purow, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
Claudio Smuclovisky, MD, Interventional Radiologist

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