Long-term Treatment to Repair Heart Holes or Heart Defects
The highly skilled cardiologists at Loyola Medicine are specially trained in treating a wide range of congenital heart defects, including those conditions in which a heart hole causes larger health problems. Utilizing state-of-the-art facilities and leading-edge technology, Loyola doctors are able to close these holes with a small implantable medical device, called an implantable cardiac closure device, which can provide you with long-term treatment for your condition.
Medical closure devices are used to treat heart defects or heart holes caused by the following conditions:
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Left atrial (LA) appendage
- Patent foramen ovale (PFO)
- Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
With a nationally ranked cardiology program, Loyola is a leader in minimally invasive procedures for the heart. Our multidisciplinary team of doctors will work together with you to understand your condition and determine if an implantable cardiac closure device is right for you.
What to Expect
How Does Closure Device Implantation Work?
If you and your doctor determine that a closure device is the right treatment option for you, a Loyola cardiologist will insert a catheter with a special implant medical device into a vein in your leg and advance the device into your heart. The device is carefully unfolded so that it covers and closes your heart hole. When the cardiologist determines the correct placement of the device, the implant is released from the catheter. Over time, heart tissue around the hole grows over the implant, and it becomes a permanent part of your heart.
In some patients, catheterization is not possible, and an open surgical repair may be necessary. Doctors monitor the procedure closely with an X-ray and an ultrasound camera that is placed inside your body.
What are the Risks for Cardiac Closure Device Implantation?
As with any medical procedure, heart closure using an implantable medical device does have some risks, which may include:
- Chest pain