Jason Boglioli, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursNorth Shore Cardiopulmonary
8 Greenfield Rd
Syosset, NY 11791
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP)
- Empire BlueCross BlueShield
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Health Net
- Horizon BlueCross BlueShield
- MVP Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Vytra Health Plans
- Huntington Hospital
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center
- North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset
- Syosset Hospital
What are the health risks of having a congenital heart defect?
People who have a congenital heart defect like patent foramen ovale (PFO) -- when the patent foramen ovale in the heart fails to close and stay closed within the first year of life -- or atrial septal defect (ASD) -- when there is a hole or passage between chambers of the heart that is not normal -- are at a higher health risk of stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and some forms of heart failure. This is due to the movement of blood and possibly clots between the left and right sides of the heart. Usually, PFO and ASD are suspected in young people who have syncope (sudden loss of consciousness, fainting) or in people with high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries (pulmonary hypertension).
How is congenital heart disease treated?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Depending on the severity, congenital heart disease can be treated in a number of different ways. For very mild cases, only medication may be necessary. Many defects that require intervention can now be corrected using catheterization procedures, which repair damage through a thin tube inserted into a blood vessel. These are less dangerous and have fewer complications than traditional heart surgery. However, for very serious congenital heart disease, open heart surgery or even a heart transplant may be needed to correct the damage.
How can I reverse calcification in the vascular wall?
You cannot reverse calcification in the vascular wall, says Cres Miranda, MD, a cardiologist at MountainView Hospital. In this video, he describes other ways to reduce cardiovascular risk factors.
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