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primum atrial septal defect

I am headed to UAB next week for a surgical cath, but everything I read online says that primum requires surgery. I am not sure if the doctor is taking the easy way out or I am just confused. Any suggestions?
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Sorry, I am sure you need more info, I am 39, active duty Air Force, I have a 1.75cm ASD primum. I saw the cardio doc and he said "its very small, you might not need surgery". Which is not what my primary cardio doctor said. I have been having chest pain with excretion, shortness of breath, head aches. Everything i have seen online and what the base cardio says, these symptoms are a cause if a untreated ASD. The cardio doctor at UAB says there is no issues, the symptoms are not from the ASD.

I am not sure I fully trust this doctor, he seems to contradict everyone else. Any suggestions?
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It seems your symptoms coinside exactly with asd problems. If it is small enough you can have it fixed through a cath which is not concidered a surgery though. My 5 year old was diagnosed with her asd when she started having migraines. Sadly she was not a cathable case. She was missing the entire atrial septum. Good luck dear. :)
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