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atrial septal defect

atrial septal defect

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Posted by Tricia on August 29, 2000 at 15:18:05:

I am 28. I was diagnosed with an atrial septal defect earlier this year. I was told by a reliable cardiologist that the hole is too big to close by catheter, so i am planning open heart surgery. I plan to have it done sometime this year. I am anxious to hear from anyone else who's had this done or from anyone who's had open heart surgery in general. I would like to know what to expect after i wake up from this surgery and the possible recovery time from this. I am wondering if anyone has had any side effects after having this done, or even if there is anyone out there who feels much better after the surgery. Thanks for any responses. Not looking forward to this at all...Tricia


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