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Congenital Heart Defects:
Transposition of the Great Arteries
(Fixed)



Temporary Fix:
To temporarily fix the problem doctors would probably start your baby on a medicine called Prostaglandin which opens communication between the two hallways called Ductus Arteriosis.

This forces the blood in the two hallways to mix so some of the blue blood in the aortic hallway gets to go to the Pulmonic hallway to get some oxygen and come back so the baby will be less blue. Sometimes this is enough.


Frequently that is not enough and your child may have to undergo an immediate Cardiac Casterization procedure which requires creating a hole between the back rooms of the heart (Aterial Septestomy) to force the pink and blue blood to mix.

How to Fix:
To permanently fix the problem doctors do an operation to switch the two arteries, called a Switch Operation where the two arteries are "switched" so the heart can function normally.

   

Problems with the Walls:
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) : Fix | Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) : Fix

Problems with the Doors:
Tricuspid Valve Atresia : Fix 1 | Fix 2 | Fix 3 | Ebstein's Anomaly
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome : Fix 1 | Fix 2 | Fix 3
Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
| Aortic Valve Stenosis

Problems with the Chambers:
Hypoplastic Right Ventricle

Problems with the Hallways:
Coarctation of the Aorta : Fix | Branch Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
Transposition of the Great Arteries : Fixed
Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection

Problems with the Plumbing:
Anomalous Origin of the Coronary Arteries from the Pulmonary Artery

Problems Involving More Than One Part of the Heart:
Tetralogy of Fallot : Fixed
Truncus Arteriosus : Fixed | Common Atrioventricular Canal : Fix 1 | Fix 2

Ductus Arteriosus : Fix 1 | Fix 2


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The next problem with the Hallways is a defect called Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection.

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