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HELIOS Clinic for Heart Surgery Karlsruhe

9.9/10 from 17 Votes

HELIOS Cardiosurgery Clinic Karlsruhe (Klinik fur Herzchirurgie Karlsruhe GmbH) specializes in anesthesiology and surgical treatment of different heart diseases using modern equipment and advanced medical methods. A perfect health condition means a good quality of life.

Atrial septum reconstruction open surgery
21012
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe
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St. Vincentius Clinic Karlsruhe

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

The St. Vincentius Clinic is the largest multidisciplinary medical institution and academiс hospital of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Treatment and diagnosis of patients is conducted by doctors with a scientific degree. They are introducing the latest progressive techniques.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1583
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
15522
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe

University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
2100
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
18313
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Oldenburg

10/10 from 33 Votes

The University Hospital Oldenburg is the Teaching Hospital of the University of Oldenburg. It offers a wide range of medical services that meet the highest medical standards. The hospital has 832 beds.

Atrial septum reconstruction open surgery
20084
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Oldenburg

University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1496
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
13479
Atrial septum reconstruction open surgery
20090
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1503
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
13496
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1561
Atrial septum reconstruction open surgery
22144
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

Academic Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

The Neuperlach Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1593
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
14376
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

The University Hospital Muenster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers. Every year over 58,000 inpatients are treated here and nearly 475,000 patients receive medical care on the outpatient basis.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1640
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
16333
Atrial septum reconstruction open surgery
23671
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

The University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital was founded in 1914 and today it is a famous German medical institution with rich traditions. The hospital treats about 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients every year.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1680
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
16387
Atrial septum reconstruction open surgery
23901
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
2216
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
18209
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

As an Academic Hospital of the University of Hamburg, the Asklepios Barmbek Hospital offers a wide range of medical services in the field of conservative and surgical treatment. The hospital was opened in 2005 and today it is one of the best and modern medical centers in Europe.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1679
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
16230
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hamburg

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1648
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
16123
Atrial septum reconstruction open surgery
24107
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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PAN Clinic Cologne

9/10 from 14 Votes

The PAN Clinic has gained universal recognition due to highly professional doctors and their responsive and careful approach to the treatment.  A team of experienced doctors specialized in 25 medical focuses takes care of the patients' health.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1665
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
1600
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
14447
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
certificate

Preventicum Diagnostic Сlinic Essen

10/10 from 1 Votes

The Preventicum Diagnostic Clinic has been intensively working over the years to become one of the leading medical excellence centres in Germany.

Atrial Septal Defect Diagnosis
2101
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Essen

About the disease

Atrial septal defect, also known as ASD, is a congenital disease of the atrial septum, when there is a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. Because of this hole, the lungs and heart receive an excessive amount of oxygen and thus overwork and weaken. If not treated, a large defect can damage the lungs and heart. In some cases, this defect is so small that it may go unnoticed by the person who has it. An atrial septal defect can appear during prenatal development due to a genetic predisposition or environmental factors which had an effect on the baby's health. Smoking, alcohol consumption and various infections contracted during pregnancy can also affect a baby's health. 

This disease rarely manifests itself in children. Symptoms usually start to appear after the age of 30.

Symptoms

  • Frequent inflammation of the lungs
  • Heart murmur
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart beat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Inability to exercise and engage in physical activities for a long time
  • Swelling of legs

Atrial septal defect contributes to 5-10% of all inborn heart defects in babies. The highest prevalence of its manifestation is 21-30 years, with 80% of patients with atrial septal defect having severe symptoms at this age.

Diagnosis

During a physical examination, a doctor will listen to a patient's heart with a stethoscope to see if there are any murmurs or whooshing sounds in the valves. Presence of a heart murmur can be a cause of other heart diseases, however, which is why a patient would need to undergo further diagnostics to know for sure if they have an atrial septal defect.

  • An Echocardiogram is used to produce images of the heart to see if there is a hole between the patient’s heart chambers, which is having a detrimental effect on its pumping function.
  • X-Ray also produces heart images, but it is difficult to see the hole with this method if the atrial septal defect is very small.
  • A CT scan is used for detecting the smallest atrial defects, which wouldn't be picked up on an echocardiogram.    

Treatment

  • Reconstruction surgery aims to close the hole between two heart chambers and repair the pumping function of its valves, so that the heart and lungs get a normal supply of oxygen. Such reconstruction can be done by open-heart surgery or endoscopy. 
  • Cardiac catheterization with mesh patch implantation is a procedure that implants a surgical mesh, which is a loosely woven sheet, into the heart to support its pumping function. Such implantation can be performed during cardiac catheterization.

Overall, such procedures have a favorable outcome and the patient usually has a long life expectancy. 




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