Septal Defect Atrial Outlook
What to expect with an atrial septal defect:
- The mortality rate from atrial septal defect is 50% in people who are not treated.
- With early detection, most people have a good prognosis with surgery to correct the defect.
- In the presence of a large defect and pulmonary hypertension, the prognosis is poor.
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