Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

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Congential Heart Defects Raise Stroke Risk

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 04:28 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When the heart or blood vessels around the heart do not develop properly before a child is born, it can lead to a number of congenital heart defects.

These days, such defects are usually diagnosed at birth, or even before.

Congenital heart defects that occur in adults are rare, but a particular type known as an atrial septal defect (ASD) can significantly raise stroke risk.

An ASD is a so-called “hole” in the heart, which can cause irregular heartbeats, abnormal blood flow, and stroke.

Open-heart surgery used to be required to “patch” the hole, but nowadays it’s possible to accomplish this without surgery.

A tiny umbrella-shaped device is affixed to a long, flexible tube, called a catheter, which is threaded through the groin up to the heart.

Once there, the device is positioned into place and opened, which covers the hole without resorting to surgery.

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