Atrial septal defect care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in treating children with heart conditions (pediatric cardiologists), doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) and doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) work together as a team to treat people with congenital heart diseases.

Having all this expertise in a single place means that your child's care is discussed among the team, test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination and highly specialized heart experts are all working together for your or your child's health.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Doctors at Mayo Clinic evaluate and treat almost 3,500 people with atrial septal defects every year. Specialists at the Center for Congenital Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota use the most modern technology and treatment options, including minimally invasive surgical and catheter-based therapies, to provide the best care possible for you or your child.

Pediatric expertise

Doctors trained in pediatric cardiology have experience evaluating and treating children with atrial septal defects and other congenital heart diseases at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Children with congenital heart disease are cared for in the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota. The hospital includes a cardiovascular unit dedicated to pre- and post-surgical care of children who have congenital heart disease.

Nurses trained in treating children and adolescents with congenital heart disease staff the unit. Child-life specialists help you and your child deal with natural fears about illness, medical procedures and hospital care.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery and for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.

Expertise and rankings

Research

Mayo Clinic doctors study potential diagnostic tests and treatments, as well as conduct clinical trials for atrial septal defects and other congenital heart diseases. Recently, Mayo Clinic researchers have been looking at ways to avoid re-operations and improve long-term outcomes after surgery for an atrial septal defect.

Congenital heart disease care

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and others have experience and expertise treating congenital heart diseases, including atrial septal defects.

Each Mayo Clinic location offers treatment for adults with congenital heart disease in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic. Staff in the Center for Congenital Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota treats adults and children with all types of congenital heart disease.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Jan. 25, 2018