Tommy Schomaker was born with "half a heart," but after five surgeries and with the care and support of a diverse team of professionals, it's blue skies and yellow suns ahead.
Anomalous left coronary artery (ALCA) occurs when the left coronary artery arises from the pulmonary artery instead of its usual site of origin, the aorta. It is a rare problem comprising <1% of congenital heart defects.
Anomalous pulmonary venous return (APVR) is a rare heart defect that occurs when the pulmonary veins fail to form normally while the baby is in the mother’s womb.
Aortic stenosis is a term used to describe congenital heart defects that cause obstruction of blood flow from the heart to the body.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) that causes the heart’s upper chambers-the atria- to beat very fast and irregularly.
Atrial flutter is an abnormal, rapid heart rhythm that comes from the heart’s upper chambers — the atria — causing them to beat at rates of 220 to 300 times a minute.
Atrial septal defect (ASD) is the second most common congenital heart defect, accounting for 10-15% of all congenital heart defects.
Atrioventricular septal defect or AV Canal (AVSD) is a heart defect that involves the valves between the heart's upper and lower chambers and the walls between the chambers.
Bicuspid aortic valve occurs when the aortic valve does not develop normally while the baby is in the womb.
Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the aorta that causes a blockage to blood flow.
The term "complex single ventricle" and "uni-ventricular heart" are used to describe a group of rare heart defects, which have in common, a large single pumping chamber or ventricle instead of the usual two.
At the Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, our goal is to provide the best possible care for infants, children and adolescents with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease, as well as adults with congenital heart disease.
Corrected transposition of the great arteries is a very rare heart defect in which the heart’s lower two chambers, the ventricles, are reversed in their positions.
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) occurs when heart muscle cells are abnormal or damaged. Overall, it is quite rare in children.
Ebstein’s anomaly occurs when the tricuspid valve fails to develop normally while the baby is in the womb.
Heart block is an abnormal heart rhythm that usually results in a slow heart rate. It is caused by a problem in the heart’s electrical system, also called the conduction system.
In addition to the full spectrum of congenital heart conditions, we offer special expertise in complex conditions such as arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy and myocarditis only treated by the most advanced congenital heart programs in the country.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited disease that affects certain proteins within heart muscle cells.
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a serious problem that involves several parts of the left side of the heart. It is quite rare and occurs in about 1 out of every five thousand babies born.
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Fenestration Closure via Heart Catheterization is necessary is when a large fenestration or hole in the Fontan baffle is closed. It is done during a heart catheterization six to twelve months after the Fontan procedure. Most children require only a small fenestration that closes with time.
The Fontan procedure is the third stage of the repair. It is done when the child is between 18 months and 2 years of age. A heart catheterization is done before the Fontan.
The hemi-Fontan procedure is the second of three operations for children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It is done when the child is between four and six months of age.
The Norwood is the first of the three heart operations. It is most often done during the first week of life.
Interrupted aortic arch is a very rare heart defect that occurs when the aorta does not develop normally while the baby is in the mother’s womb
Mitral valve prolapse is an abnormality of the mitral valve(1) that is usually quite mild. The mitral valve is located between the left upper chamber of the heart (called the left atrium) and the left lower chamber of the heart (called the left ventricle).
Myocarditis refers to an inflammation of the heart that usually results from an infection within the heart muscle itself. It is most often caused by a virus but can be caused by some bacteria (including the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease), fungi, autoimmune disorders like SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosis), and a host of medical drugs.