After suffering multiple strokes, retired engineering project manager Keith Wilkinson learned that his atrial septal defect - a condition that separates the top two chambers of the heart - had actually caused his strokes. He thought he would need open heart surgery with weeks of recovery. However, Keith's complex procedure was done in the cardiac catheterization lab and he was discharged from the hospital the next day.
Tayyab Moyhuddin, M.D., a cardiologist on the medical staff at Tomball Regional Medical Center, used a transcatheter approach to close the hole in Keith's heart. In this procedure, a catheter is guided by the doctor to the heart's septum, where it releases a device to plug the hole between the separated chambers.
Keith was amazed at how far technology has come for treating heart defects like his-and he's glad it was done in Tomball.
"Everybody was nice, and I'd much rather go there than to downtown Houston," he says.
"I'm thrilled to help patients like Keith," says Dr. Moyhuddin. "It's exciting to offer innovative procedures here."
His heart now healed, Keith plans to get back onto his black BMW motorcycle and ride with his daughter on their new auto motos - once he's cleared by his primary care doctor, of course.
What is an ASD?
Many children are born with a hole in their hearts, called an atrial septal defect (ASD). It's an actual hole in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart. The hole might be as small as a pencil point or as large as the entire septum.
Having a smaller hole may not cause any symptoms or problems. However, if the hole is large, the heart and lungs work harder and can gradually cause damage to the lung arteries. If the defect doesn't close on its own, your doctor may recommend treatment that typically involves open-heart surgery or the transcatheter delivery of a permanent implant.
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