Elysha has six major heart defects that we know about. To learn more about them, click on the links.
ISOLATED DEXTROCARDIA WITH SITUS SOLITUS: her heart is turned to the right instead of the left.
TRANSPOSITION OF THE GREAT ARTERIES: the pulmonary artery and aorta are flipped
DOUBLE OUTLET RIGHT VENTRICLE: the pulmonary artery and aorta both feed off the right ventricle (which is actually on the morphological left side because of the Dextrocardia)
ATRIOVENTRICULAR DISCORDANCE: the ventricles are reversed; the right on the left and the left on the right.
PULMONARY STENOSIS: the pulmoary artery is narrowed and has restricted blood flow
VENTRAL SEPTAL DEFECT: there is a hole between the ventricles.
To see a sketch of Elysha’s heart, click on the link below: (you will need Adobe Acrobat. Get Adobe Reader )
Elysha’s Heart (Sketch - by Richard & Katherine)
To learn more about normal heart functions:
Hospital for Sick Children
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