Repair of Atrial Septal Defects & Ventricular Aneurysms

Depend on Piedmont Medical Center in Rockhill, SC, for advanced treatment options and incomparable care. The staff, surgeons, and specialists you will work with are adepts at diagnosing and treating heart conditions including atrial septal defects and ventricle aneurysms. Our goal involves developing an individualized treatment plan that involves you and your family in the decision-making process.

Understanding these Conditions

While atrial septal defects and ventricle aneurysms are two different conditions, they have several overlapping symptoms that include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Swelling in the Ankles, Legs, & Feet Due to Fluid Retention

To achieve an accurate diagnosis, a physical examination will take place along with a series of tests that include an echocardiogram, chest X-ray, and CT scan.

Atrial Septal Defect

Also called an ASD, this is a congenital heart condition in which there is a hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers of the heart. The presence of this hole causes the heart to work less efficiently due to oxygen rich blood mixing with oxygen poor blood. An atrial septal defect may be detected before birth. For some adults, it may not be detected until a heart murmur is heard during a routine checkup. While it is possible for an ASD to close on its own, surgery may be required to repair the defect. As your dedicated medical team, we will develop a plan for treatment and follow-up care tailored to your specific needs.

Ventricular Aneurysms

Characterized as a blood-filled bulge, these form in an area of weakened tissue in the wall of the heart. Generally, they occur due to damage from a heart attack, but they can also stem from a birth defect. The left ventricle is the most common area where these take place. The presence of several small ventricle aneurysms may produce no symptoms at all. After diagnosing your condition, we will make recommendations for management and treatment that are customized to you.

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery