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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure

What is an ASD?

An ASD is an abnormal opening between the two upper chambers of the heart. It allows too much blood to flow to the lungs. ASDs are the most common congenital heart defect and can accompany other heart defects.

When would a person need an ASD closure?

Symptoms associated with ASD:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Enlarged heart

Treatment options depend on the size and location of the ASD. People may be prescribed medication for the management of symptoms, then referred for either surgery, or a catheter-based ASD closure procedure.

Why choose our program for ASD closures?

  • The CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center has been providing ASD closure services since 2007. Our experienced cardiologists take special interest in improving the lives of their patients.
  • Our team works cooperatively with the patient, their family and other specialists to develop a safe, effective treatment plan that provides the best outcome.

If you have questions about our program, we would be happy to assist you. Please call us at 320-293-0750 or email us.