OCT 24, 2018 8:30 AM PDT

Understanding Complex Heart Defects Like Tetralogy Of Fallot

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce

Defects at birth are common, with 3% of children in the United States born with them each year. Of those defects, congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common representing about 1% of total defects at birth. There are currently 18 types of CHDs recognized. These abnormalities are a failure of the heart or its major blood vessels to form properly during fetal development.

 

These abnormalities can range from holes in the cardiac septum to narrow heart valves. In about 25% of these cases, the problem will be more complex with multiple abnormalities combine. One such resulting defect is called Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) which is a combination of four distinct defects in the heart.

 

Of those born with non-critical CHD 95% survive past their eighteenth birthday. That number drops to 70% survival rate in those with critical CHD.

 

The video above explains this common, complex CHD in detail.

 

Sources: Cincinnati Children's HospitalCenters for Disease Control and PreventionKhan Academy

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
You May Also Like
JUN 28, 2019
Cardiology
JUN 28, 2019
Denying Woman Abortions Results In Long Lasting Consequences
Previous studies have shown that women who are denied access to abortion face threats to their mental health. It’s also possible that forced motherho...
JUL 20, 2019
Cardiology
JUL 20, 2019
Hacking Fat Cells
The high-fat energy-dense diet we consume today is nothing like what humans ate for all of history before us. Luckily, we no longer have to hunt and kill o...
OCT 10, 2019
Cardiology
OCT 10, 2019
Parkinson's Disease is Present in the Blood
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. Often starting with a barely noticeable tremor in one hand, the disease affects a...
NOV 01, 2019
Clinical & Molecular DX
NOV 01, 2019
myTAIHEART Blood Test and Biopsy of Heart Transplant Recipients
Transplant rejection is a process where the immune system of the patient consider the donor's organ as foreign and rejects them. This is because t...
NOV 19, 2019
Drug Discovery & Development
NOV 19, 2019
Experimental Cholesterol-Lowering Drug
A recent study shows that patients who take a maximum dose of statin drugs in addition to a twice-yearly injection of the experimental cholesterol-lowering...
JAN 06, 2020
Cardiology
JAN 06, 2020
Online Therapy Treats Depression in Heart Disease Patients
People suffering from cardiovascular disease (CVD) often suffer from depression too- something that can lead to a vicious cycle in which CVD can be negativ...
Loading Comments...