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An atrial septal defect is a hole in between the top two chambers of the heart. Due to this, blood flows through the hole from the left atrium to the right atrium. As the blood mixes together in the right atrium, it overfills the right chambers of the heart [...]
A young congenital heart disease patient had his day made by Lindsay Rippy who brought toys to the hospital for him and his older brother, thanks to her organization "Heart Families" that delivers toys to child patients at Mayo Clinic hospital.
In this In the Loop piece, Rippy's [...]
Brandon Lane Phillips, M.D. was born with tetrology of Fallot. Treated at Mayo Clinic during college for a second TOF surgery, he now has completed a fellowship at Mayo in pediatric cardiology. In this article from Sharing Mayo Clinic, Dr. Phillips' tells his story and explains how his first-hand [...]
Danikka is a seventh-grade gymnast. She recently had congenital heart surgery to repair Epstein's Anomaly. Danikka, and Dr. Joseph Dearani, her cardiac surgeon, sat down to discuss her surgery how she felt before, and how she feels now, after her surgery. Watch their conversation here.
Tetralogy of Fallot is the combination of four congenital heart abnormalities. Presenting at birth, the four defects affect the structure of the heart. The defects include the narrowing of the pulmonary valve (which separates the lower right chamber of the heart from the pulmonary artery), a hole in the [...]