Dr. Aklog explains what an atrial septal defect/ASD is.
An atrial septal defect is a hole or an abnormal connection between the two atrium of the heart, the right and left atria which are the receiving chambers of the heart. An atrial septal defect is a congenital heart defect in that you’re born with it, but it’s a mild enough defect that it may not show up in childhood or adolescence like most congenital heart defects. So it’s a defect, a very common one, that can actually, that may or that may not be picked up until a woman is an adult or even middle to elderly adult.
About Dr. Aklog, M.D.:
Dr. Lishan Aklog is the current Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Director of EmpowHer's Medical Advisory Board. Specializing in adult cardiac care, he graduated from Harvard College followed by Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aklog was a cardiothoracic resident at Brigham and Women’s/Boston Children’s Hospital, an Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and completed international fellowships in London, England and Paris, France.
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