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DOUBLE INLET LEFT VENTRICLE
Double inlet left ventricle (DILV) is a heart defect that is present from birth. It affects the valves and chambers of the heart. Babies born with this condition have only one working pumping chamber in their heart. It is one of several heart defects known as single ventricle defects. People with this condition generally have a large left ventricle, and a small right ventricle.
HOW IS DOUBLE INLET LEFT VENTRICLE DIAGNOSED?
Tests to diagnose DILV may include:
• Chest x-ray
• Measurement of the electrical activity in the heart (electrocardiogram, or ECG)
• Passing a thin, flexible tube into the heart to examine the arteries (cardiac catheterization)
• Ultrasound exam of the heart (echocardiogram)
• Using magnets to create images of the heart (MRI)
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?
The baby may also require anticoagulants to stem any clotting.