It’s My Heart is a resource guide for patients and families affected by congenital and acquired heart disease. It is intended to provide information on many of the issues that families dealing with congenital or acquired heart defects encounter. The book contains layman descriptions of the various types of congenital heart defects and acquired heart conditions and describes treatments, tests, surgical procedures and much more. “Before and after” diagrams of defects are included. It’s My Heart was developed by a dedicated group of doctors, nurses and parents. This revised second edition includes updates on the latest advances in medicine that have taken place over the past seven years.
|Publisher:||Hilton Publishing, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||Second Edition, Revised|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
This book is presented by The Children’s Heart Foundation, a 501 © 3 not-for-profit organization. The mission of The Children’s Heart Foundation is to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects, America’s #1 birth defect.
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Th e N o r m a l H e a r t The heart has two roles. First, it delivers oxygen-rich blood to all living tissues in the body. Second, it recirculates used blood (in which the oxygen has been replaced by carbon dioxide) through the lungs, where the carbon dioxide is exhaled and replaced by oxygen that has been inhaled.
Arteries carry blood away from the heart and veins return blood to the heart.
Development of the Normal Heart and Vessels During the first seven weeks after conception, known as the embryonic period, the heart completes development from a single straight tube into a complicated fourchambered pump containing four valves. From then until the baby is born, the fetal period, the heart and the vessels grow in size. Until a newborn takes its first breath after clamping of the umbilical cord, the lungs are not functional and the mother’s placenta serves as the lung while the baby is in the womb. The oxygen-rich (pink)
blood from the placenta refreshes the oxygen-poor (blue) blood in the fetus and this mixed blood is then propelled through the heart to the fetus’s body tissues.
Although this mixed blood is low in oxygen, it is tolerated well by the fetus. After delivery, the lungs begin to function; the communication passages, or shunts, that allowed mixing of the blue and pink blood while the baby was still in the womb,
close. The two blood streams – the blue and the pink, which were mixed while the baby was still in the womb – are then separated and the newborn turns pink.
Table of Contents
Ta b l e o f C o n t e n t s Introduction 7 – 12
I. The Normal Heart 13 – 18
Development of the Normal Heart Anatomy and Function of the Normal Heart Types of Abnormal Heart Disease II. Congenital Heart Defects 19 – 84
Aortic Stenosis 19-22
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) 23-25
Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD) 26-29
Coarctation of the Aorta 30-32
Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries 33-36
Double Inlet Left Ventricle (DILV) 37-39
Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) 40-43
Ebstein’s Malformation 44-45
Hypoplastic Left Heart 46-48
Mitral Valve Abnormalities 49-51
Patent Ductus Arteriosus 52-53
Pulmonary Atresia With Intact Ventricular Septum 54-56
Pulmonary Atresia With Ventricular Septal Defect(VSD) 57-59
Pulmonary Stenosis 60-63
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) 64-67
Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) 68-70
Transposition of the Great Arteries 71-74
Tricuspid Atresia 75-77
Truncus Arteriosus,Types I – IV 78-80
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) 81-84