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.
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In a normal fetus, blood flows from the heart through the aortic valve to the rest of the body. The term 'aortic stenosis' refers to a narrowing of this valve, resulting in an obstruction of blood flow. Advances in technology have led to increased ability to diagnose aortic stenosis in infants before birth. Fetal intervention to correct the anatomical defect has the potential to alter the natural history of the disease, which may lead to a significant improvement in the outcome.
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) refers to the underdevelopment of the left side of the heart, including the aorta, aortic valve, mitral valve and the left ventricle. The hypoplastic left heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body's demands and requires surgery shortly after birth.
Pulmonary atresia (PA) is a rare congenital abnormality of heart development where the pulmonary valve that controls blood flow from the right side of the heart to the lungs doesn’t form (atresia).