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Diagnosis 3 In The PAPVR: Partial anomalous pulmonary venous return, where one or more of the pulmonary veins carries blood from the lung to the right side of the heart instead of the left atrium PDA: Patent ductus arteriousus, in which the small vessel in the fetal anatomy that connects the aorta to the pulmonary artery remains open. It should close soon after birth. Pericarditis: An inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart PFO: Patent foramen ovalae, an opening that allows blood to go back and forth between the right and left atrium that normally closes soon after birth PGE1: Prostaglandin E1, medication administered to maintain the patency (openness) of the ductus arteriosus (a blood vessel connecting the pulmonary artery to the proximal descending aorta) Pulmonary Hypertension: High blood pressure in the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs PS: Pulmonary stenosis, a condition in which the valve and/or the area in the right ventricle where the blood goes into the pulmonary artery is blocked, possibly from narrowing PV: Pulmonary valve, the valve between the right ventricle and pulmonary artery RA: Right atrium, the right of the two top chambers of the heart Septum: A dividing wall in the heart Shunt: An abnormal passage of blood between two blood vessels or between the two sides of the heart Stenosis: A narrowing of a heart valve or blood vessel SV: Single ventricle, where there is only one functional ventricle SVC: Superior vena cava, the large vein that returns blood to the heart from the head, neck and arms Tachycardia: An abnormally fast heart rate TAPVR: Total anomalous pulmonary venous return, where the pulmonary veins (which carry blood back from the lungs to the heart) don’t return blood to the heart in the normal manner TGA: Transposition of the great arteries, usually is referring to D-TGA TOF: Tetralogy of Fallot,a condition that consists of four heart defects — a large VSD, pulmonary stenosis, an enlarged aorta that sits right over the VSD, and a thickened right ventricle of the heart Truncus: Truncus arteriosis. In the most common type the pulmonary artery and the aorta join together as a single blood vessel coming out of the right and left ventricles. Ventilator: A machine that breathes for a patient or helps his or her breathing Ventricle: One of the two lower chambers of the heart. The left ventricle pumps to the aorta and supplies blood to the body. The right ventricle pumps to the pulmonary artery and supplies blood to the lungs. VSD: Ventricular septal defect, a hole in the muscle wall that separates the right and left ventricles 1 General Information 2 Prenatal Hospital 4 Living With CHD 5 Forms 35


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