November 30, 2012

Hannah's Heart

 Hannah was born with Congenital Heart Disease and I've never really went into much detail about her heart and lately I've been coming across other blogs with other young children with heart conditions so though why not explain hers. Hannah was born with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) which is very common for premature babies. It's the opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart. Its a nessasary part of the circulatory system before birth and usually closes shortly after birth. Hannah had to have surgery to have hers closed in august 2011 when she was 4months old(1.5 corrected).

Hannah was also born with a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) which is a defect in the septum wall between the two upper chambers. PFO's are present in everyone before birth but seal shut in about 80% of people. She did not have to have surgery to get these holes fixed because they were small.

Hannah's biggest heart problem was/is a Ventricular Septal Defect(VSD). VSD is holes in the wall of the between its two lower chambers of the heart. She was born with 1 large, 2 medium and a few small VSDs and had to have the large hole closed october 2011 when she was  6 months old (3.5 corrected).

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