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Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Podcast

Some newborns, especially those who are born prematurely or who have a family history of congenital heart disease, may have a condition called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a persistent opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart. This heart defect often closes on its own or is readily treatable. Left untreated, a patent ductus arteriosus can cause too much blood to flow through the heart, weakening the heart muscle and causing heart failure and other complications. Dr. Steven Howe, a board certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon on staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, discusses treatment options and the long-term outcome for those infants who need surgical intervention. For more information, call Dr. Howe at Heart & Vascular Center, 337-494-6799 or visit