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?
Prenatal diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome is usually done during pregnancy in case of a family history. If there are symptom of the disease in a new born, paediatricians may examine the heart beat through a stethoscope and also conduct an ECG for confirming diagnosis.
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?
Children with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome will require lifelong care. If untreated at the time of birth, most infants with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome die.