Congenital heart defects occur when the heart does not develop correctly during pregnancy. There are numerous types of congenital heart defects; a common heart defect involves holes in the heart. 

Congenital Heart Defect Repair at Valley

At Valley, our team of heart specialists can often repair congenital heart defects using non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures. 

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure 

  • An atrial septal defect, or ASD, is a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart, the atria.
  • Some people with an atrial septal defect experience no symptoms; however, if you regularly experience ASD symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue, you may wish to speak to a cardiologist about having your atrial septal defect closed.
  • At Valley, our physicians use a minimally invasive catheter approach to close atrial septal defects.

Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure

  • A patent foramen ovale, or PFO, occurs when a flap of tissue in the heart fails to close properly after a baby is born.
  • Many people with a PFO experience no symptoms.
  • However, a person with a PFO has a higher chance of having a stroke. For this reason, in certain people, closure of the patent foramen ovale is recommended.
  • At Valley, our physicians use a minimally invasive catheter approach to close the PFO.

Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Closure

  • A ventricular septal defect, or VSD, is a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart.
  • If you experience ventricular septal defect symptoms that affect your quality of life, including shortness of breath, you may want to talk to a cardiologist about having your VSD closed.
  • At Valley, our physicians often use a minimally invasive catheter approach to close ventricular septal defects.

Why Choose Valley for Congenital Heart Defect Repair?

  • Minimally invasive treatment options: Heart defects used to be fixed primarily by a cardiac surgeon. Now, thanks to advances in technology, we can often treat congenital heart defects using a minimally invasive catheter-based approach. This approach typically translates to safer and more efficient patient care.
  • Team approach: Congenital heart defects may not necessarily need surgical treatment. That’s where a team approach to heart care can help: by gathering a variety of heart specialists together to help you make appropriate decisions. In this way, you can feel confident that you are making the best decision for your particular heart needs.
  • Cleveland Clinic affiliation: Valley’s heart program is proud to be the only northeast partner of the Cleveland Clinic. Through our affiliation with Cleveland Clinic, we are able to offer our patients additional heart expertise from the No. 1 heart program in the U.S.