Transposition of the great arteries is a serious but rare heart defect present at birth (congenital), in which the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed.
Transposition of the great arteries symptoms include:
• Blue color of the skin (cyanosis)
• Shortness of breath
• Lack of appetite
• Poor weight gain
HOW IS TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by a paediatrician who would do an ECG, X-ray or a foetal echocardiogram to check for these signs.
HOW IS TRANSPOSITION OF GREAT ARTERIES TREATED?
Besides medication, corrective surgery soon after birth is the usual treatment for Transposition of Great Arteries.
DID YOU KNOW?
After corrective surgery, the baby will require lifelong follow-up care with a cardiologist to monitor his/her heart health.