Double Inlet Left Ventricle is defined as a heart defect that a child has right from birth. It is a congenital problem that is known for causing an impact on the heart along with the valves, thus posing risks for the child. Those born with the same have just one pumping chamber in the heart. These children have trouble in playing sports, get tired easily and breathing issues too.
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 treatment includes surgery to increase the blood flow and circulation into the lungs and through the rest of the body, which can be conducted within a few days of the baby’s birth. Subsequent procedures called the Bidirectional Glenn Shunt can be conducted after four to six months.
DID YOU KNOW?
The various complications of DILV include:
• Clubbing (thickening of the nail beds) on the toes and fingers (late sign)
• Congestive heart failure
• Frequent pneumonia
• Heart rhythm problems