Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome is termed as a defect that happens right from birth and this prevents the flow of blood to the heart, risking the life of the baby. During pregnancy, the left side of the heart doesn't develop correctly. In some cases a hole may also be there. The baby would either have pounding heartbeats or even laborious breathing and weak pulse after birth.
HOW IS HYPOPLASTIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done during USG when the mother is pregnant and it is easy to recognise these traits before birth too.
HOW IS HYPOPLASTIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME TREATED?
Treatment would be done by a paediatric expert that would include medication to help in strengthening the heart, which is followed with nutritional changes and also in some extreme cases, a heart surgery is inevitable using the Norwood Procedure, Bidirectional Glenn Shunt Procedure or even the Fontan Procedure.
DID YOU KNOW?
For babies where the natural connection between the left and right heart closes due to Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, death may occur due to shock