Atrial septal defect in adults can go unnoticed until patients are in their 40s. By recognizing the condition, you can help patients get appropriate care.
Diana Stewart is an acute care nurse practitioner at St. John Oakland-Macomb Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Madison Heights, Mich., and a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Jesus (Jessie) Casida is an assistant professor, adult health nursing at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
Adapted and updated from Stewart D, Casida JJ. Diagnosis and management of an adult patient with atrial septal defect. Nurse Pract. 2010;35(2):8–11.