Atrial septal defect (ASD) is a defect in the septum between the heart’s two upper chambers (atria). The septum is a wall that separates the heart’s left and right sides. Everyone is born with an opening between the upper heart chambers called the foramen ovale. After birth, the opening is no longer needed and usually closes or becomes very small within several weeks or months. Sometimes this opening is larger than normal and doesn’t close after birth. Many babies born with atrial septal defects don't have signs or symptoms. In adults, signs or symptoms usually begin by age 30, but in some cases signs and symptoms may not occur until decades later.

Bens Friends

Our mission at Ben’s Friends is to ensure that patients living with rare diseases or chronic illnesses, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends, have a safe and supportive place to connect with others like them.


General discussion about topics related to ASD

PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale) & ASD (Atrial Septal De

For members and relatives with a PFO and or an ASD.

Success Stories

A forum to share your sucess stories on any number of ASD related issues., to give the rest of us ideas and hope for the future.

Emotional Support

Feeling down? Need to rant? This is the place. Let it rip, we are here to listen

Site Feedback

Discussion about this site, its organization, how it works, and how we can improve it.

Recommend a Doctor, Therapist, or Clinic (Positive

Want to recommend a doctor, therapist, or clinic? Positive review only, please.


A place to remind ourselves (Heros & She-roes) what we are grateful for and provide inspiration to others, with words, pictures, and creative writing. Simple words of hope and joy to manifest a healing of our spirits.


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Events of interest to Polyneuropathy Patients. Just email to have the staff add your event.


FAQ about the ASD Community

Bens Friends Apps for mobile Devices

Bens Friends Apps for mobile Devices