June 23, 2006 09:38 ET

ORLive Presents: Catheter Procedure to Repair a Hole in the Heart

Live Webcast August 8, 2006 at 5:00 PM EDT (21:00 UTC) From Akron Children's Hospital

AKRON, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 23, 2006 -- Not long ago, open-heart surgery was required to close holes in the heart. Today, however, cardiologists can successfully repair some of these heart defects in the catheterization lab in just a couple of hours.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 6 p.m., watch a live Webcast on about transcatheter repair of atrial septal defect (ASD), commonly referred to as a "hole in the heart."

The Webcast will feature video of both a child and adult undergoing the catheter-based procedure, followed by a live, interactive panel discussion with Akron Children's Hospital's Heart Center doctors and the adult patient. Panelists will include pediatric heart surgeon Phil Smith, M.D., Ph.D., who is also the clinical director of the Heart Center; cardiologist John Lane, M.D., director of the Adult Congenital Heart Service; and pediatric cardiologist David Waight, M.D., director of the Interventional Cardiology Program.

About eight out of every 1,000 babies born have a heart defect, and 6 to 8 percent of those babies have an ASD -- an opening in the wall between the two upper heart chambers. The defect forces blood to pass through the hole between the right atrium and left atrium against the normal direction of flow. This increases the amount of work required by the right side of the heart and on the lungs. Over time, an uncorrected ASD can cause more serious problems, including abnormal heart rhythms, weakened heart muscle, stroke, and in rare cases, high blood pressure in the lungs.

"For children with very small ASDs, the ASD closes on its own about 90 percent of the time," said Dr. David Waight. "However, most other ASDs must be closed, and the majority of these can be repaired in the cardiac catheterization lab without open-heart surgery. In fact, catheter-based ASD closures have an 80 to 95 percent success rate, as well as a much shorter hospital stay, less scarring and an easier, more rapid recovery."

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