Atrial Septal Defects and PFO

Atrial septal defects (ASD) and patent formal ovale (PFO) are commonly recognized congenital cardiac anomalies presenting in adulthood.   These anomalies, also commonly referred to as “a hole in the heart” consist of an abnormal connection between the right and left upper chambers (the atria) of the heart. If this hole is large enough, it can cause enlargement of the heart and result in high pressures in the lungs. Other complications can include abnormal heart rhythms.

Symptoms are subtle and most individuals are asymptomatic till the fourth or fifth decade of life. Symptoms may consist of fatigue, shortness of breath or palpitations. The diagnosis is made by performing an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram) and measurement of pressures and blood flow directly in the heart by cardiac catheterization.

Once discovered most of these defects can be repaired using a minimally invasive procedure during a cardiac catheterization and surgery is rarely needed.



Cardiology and Cardiovascular Imaging

19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suites 3850 
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Cardiovascular Imaging:
New Windsor Division
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 200
New Windsor, NY 12553

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Valhalla Division
100 Woods Road 
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.493.8793

Vascular Surgery

Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 3750
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Mount Kisco
103 South Bedford Road, Suite 207
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
New Windsor Division
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 200
New Windsor, NY 12553
White Plains
15 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601

To learn more about the services provided by Westchester Heart and Vascular please contact us at:

866-WMC-HEART (866.962.4327).

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