Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Community
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WELCOME to the ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT COMMUNITY: This Patient-To-Patient Community is for discussions relating to Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) which is a hole in the part of the septum that separates the atria (the upper chambers of the heart). This hole allows oxygen-rich blood from the left atrium to flow into the right atrium instead of flowing into the left ventricle as it should. This means that oxygen-rich blood gets pumped back to the lungs, where it has just been, instead of going to the body.

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Valvular Disease

American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association presents the Guidelines for Managing Patients with Valvular Disease.  Use this link to access the guidelines:

http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/full/48/3/e1

Cleveland Clinic, the #1 Heart Center in the U.S. provides the following information for valve surgery patients and their families/friends:

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartcenter/pub/guide/surgery/default.asp?firstCat=3&secondCat=469&thirdCat=593

For more information on valve surgery:

http://www.medhelp.org/Medical-Dictionary/Terms/1/002954.htm

 

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