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Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) & Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

Stamford Health’s Structural Heart and Valve Center provides the latest approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD). 

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What Does it Mean to Have a PFO or ASD? 

PFO and ASD are congenital heart defects, meaning you were born with them. They happen when there is an opening or "hole" between the two upper chambers of the heart.

  • In an ASD, the hole is larger than in a PFO.
  • Both PFO and ASD occur in about a quarter of the general population.
  • For most people, these heart defects cause no harmful effects. However, they may increase your risk of having heart rhythm disorders, stroke, or heart failure.

Specialists in Heart Defects 

At Stamford Health's Structural Heart and Valve Clinic, we're pleased to provide comprehensive care for patent foramen ovale. We work together with a team of experienced physicians, all advocates for your heart health and neurological health. Depending on your personal situation, we may refer you to the following specialists:

  1. Stroke Neurologist: also called a vascular neurologist, a doctor who specializes in stroke risk factors and treatment
  2. Cardiologist: a doctor dedicated to caring for your heart
  3. Interventional Cardiologist: a cardiologist who is trained in minimally invasive diagnostic procedures and treatments


Why Choose Us

We're an entire team dedicated to not just treating your PFO of ASD, but your entire well being. 

  • We always encourage open communication with your primary care physician about a PFO or ASD evaluation if you're at risk for stroke
  • We achieve excellent outcomes in treating PFO and ASD

Diagnosis & Treatment of PFO and ASD
We diagnose PFO and ASD using an echocardiogram (echo). 

An echocardiogram (echo) is an ultrasound of the heart that checks blood flow across the valves and chambers.

Treatment for PFO and ASD

The heart team at Stamford Health is experienced in evaluating and treating these heart defects. A comprehensive evaluation with our team is encouraged in determining the best treatment option for you.

 

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