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Single ventricle defect: a heart usually has two working ventricles (pumping chambers). Having a single ventricle (VEN-trih-kul) means that only one of the two ventricles works well enough to pump blood.
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a birth defect of a babyâs heart. The left side of the heart doesnât grow as it should, making it smaller and weaker than normal.
The Glenn procedure is open-heart surgery done as the second of three surgeries to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
The Norwood procedure is open-heart surgery done as the first of three surgeries to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
The Fontan procedure is open-heart surgery done as the third of three surgeries to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
The aorta is the major blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.
A Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt is a small, soft tube that lets blood in the body be redirected.
Blood pressure is a measurement that tells how hard the heart is pumping to move blood through the blood vessels.
A heart transplant is a surgery where doctors remove a person’s sick heart and replace it with a healthy donor heart.
The inferior vena cava is the large vein that returns blood from the legs and abdomen to the heart.
Babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) need three surgeries. The time between the first and second surgeries is called the interstage period.
The left ventricle pumps blood full of oxygen out to the body.
Open-heart surgery is surgery that involves opening the chest and heart. A heart-lung machine does the work for the heart and lungs during the procedure.
A Sano shunt is a small, soft tube that lets blood in the body be redirected.
The heart and circulatory system are our body’s lifeline, delivering blood to the body’s tissues. Brush up on your ticker with this body basics article.
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) â also known as a “hole in the heart” â is a congenital heart defect. Most VSDs are diagnosed and treated successfully.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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