Dr.Mani's Blog

What is Open Heart Surgery?

Over the years, many have asked me this question – “What exactly is OPEN HEART surgery ?”. “Hey, that’s easy !”, you say. “It’s an operation which is done after opening the heart, right ?” Correct. But it’s not easy! Let me try and explain. I’ve told you earlier about how the heart pumps “pure” blood […]

CHD Support Groups

CHD Info An informative resource on Congenital Heart Defects with detailed articles on each form of CHD.  Congenital Heart Disease Information and Resources  CHIN contains a tremendous amount of information on resources concerning congenital heart disease Adult Congenital Heart Disease Forum Adult Congenital Heart Disease Forum is a site devoted to birth defects of the heart in […]

What Causes Congenital Heart Defects?

Despite much research, in the majority of cases, Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) occur without any known cause. This is one reason the incidence has remained fairly constant at 7 to 8 cases per 1000 live births over decades, while other forms of heart disease have been declining in frequency. We know the causes of some […]

Coarctation of the Aorta – CoA

You have read something of congenital heart defects inside the heart. Now let us consider a defect that is outside the heart itself, in one of the great arteries of the body – the aorta. What is COARCTATION of the aorta ? Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is an area of localized narrowing of the […]