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A 31-year-old member asked:

I have ost. sec asd w/l-r shunt, measuring 3.2x2.6 cm. tried cardiac cath. but not possible. what are the pros & cons for open heart surgery?

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Dr. Steven Guyton
Thoracic Surgery 48 years experience
Low risk: For someone your age the surgery is generally very low risk and will likely prevent development of significant pulmonary hypertension in the future.
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Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
ASD: Ostium secondum ASD with l-r shunt needs open heart surgery as soon as possible. The risk of closure is extremely low. Complcatios of ASD are too many.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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