Double Inlet Left Ventricle is a congenital heart defect that affects the valves and chambers of the heart. The decreased feeding that occurs would result in poor weight gain. Pale skin or a bluish tinge to the skin and lips would occur due to less oxygen.
HOW IS DOUBLE INLET LEFT VENTRICLE DIAGNOSED?
A physical examination and listening to the baby’s heartbeat for heart murmur is the first diagnosis done by a paediatrician. An electrocardiogram may be ordered for measuring the electrical activity of the heart. Echocardiogram and an ultrasound further help diagnose the condition of the heart
HOW IS DOUBLE INLET LEFT VENTRICLE TREATED?
The medications prescribed by a paediatrician would be dependant on the severity of the symptoms. Patients could be advised to use vasodilators, digoxin and diuretics to increase the strength of the heart muscle and to help remove excess fluid.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the absence of life prolonging interventions Double Inlet Left Ventricle can result in death