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Studies Enrolling Subjects

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Quality of Life in Adults with Atrial Septal Defects

What is the purpose of the study?
The goal of this study is to explore the quality of life in adults newly diagnosed with an atrial septal defect (ASD). An ASD is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart.

Who is eligible?
Newly diagnosed adults (21 years of age or older) with an ASD that will be repaired in the cardiac catheterization lab who can speak, read and write in English.

What factors exclude eligibility?
Adults with any other type of congenital heart defect will be excluded.

What are the major risks and benefits of participation?
There is a potential minimal risk of the loss of confidentiality or privacy through your participation in this study. There may be no direct benefit to you for being in this study, but others may benefit in the future from your participation.

What is the time commitment?
You will be asked to complete five questionnaires at three different times, for a total of 12 questionnaires: Before ASD closure in the catheterization lab, one month after ASD closure, and six months post-ASD closure. It should take about 25-35 minutes to complete the questionnaires. You will receive $10 upon completion of pre questionnaires, $10 upon completion of 1 month questionnaires and $15 upon completion of 6 month questionnaires.

How do people interested in joining the study get involved?
Interested participants should email Mary Heitschmidt RN, APN, at Mary_Heitschmidt@rush.edu or call her at 312-942-9615.