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What Is The Heart?

“Go to your bosom Knock there and ask your heart What it doth know” …William Shakespeare.   The heart is the symbol of life. It is also a symbol of love. The heart also stands for courage – we talk about being lion-hearted. It also indicates joy and happiness – as in being a hearty […]

The Heart – An Introduction

Welcome to the virtual ‘Heart School’ The heart is a fascinating organ. From the moment it begins beating, until it finally stops, the human heart works without a break. In a life-span of seventy years, the heart beats more than two and a half BILLION times, without ever pausing to rest. And as it beats, it preserves […]

Truncus Arteriosus

What is Truncus Arteriosus ? Truncus arteriosus is a rare complex birth defect of the heart in which only one artery leaves the heart, instead of the normal pattern where two great arteries – the aorta and the pulmonary artery – carry blood away from the heart. In truncus arteriosus, a single large arterial trunk […]

Single Ventricle

What is the heart defect called Single Ventricle ? While the normal heart has two ventricles, in some birth defects, one of these ventricles may be absent or poorly developed. This condition is called Single Ventricle or Univentricular heart. The ventricular structure may resemble the normal left ventricle or the normal right ventricle. Sometimes, it […]

Tricuspid Atresia – TA

Tricuspid atresia and the Fontan principle are rather complex congenital heart defects. So if you can’t figure out the condition even after reading this article, please understand that this anomaly is so complex that even cardiologists have trouble understanding its repair. So if you don’t, console yourself that you are in distinguished company! What is […]

Pulmonary Stenosis – PS

Pulmonary Stenosis (PS) is one of the simpler abnormalities of the heart. But even this requires some basic knowledge about the structure of the heart. What is Pulmonary Stenosis ? The word “pulmonary” denotes “to do with the lungs”. The pulmonary valve is located between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery. It regulates blood […]

Transposition of Great Arteries – TGA

I hope you still remember about the great arteries of the body, and the chambers of the heart from which they arise. In this article, we will discuss the condition called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) in which these great vessels are inter-changed in position. Here’s what you’ll learn about: What is Transposition of […]

Tetralogy of Fallot – ToF

We’re now getting to a more complicated condition called the Tetralogy of Fallot – or ToF, for short. The diseases discussed until now had just one abnormality in the heart – Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) or Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) or Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). As the name tetralogy implies, there are FOUR abnormalities combined […]