Left Heart Syndrome

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Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is treated through several surgical procedures or a heart transplant.The medication alprostadil helps to dilate the blood vessels and keeps the ductus arteriosus open. A partial septostomy creates or enlarges the opening between the atria to allow more blood flow from the right atrium to the left atrium if the foramen ovale closes. A baby with hypoplastic left heart syndrome will likely require the Norwood Procedure, which is when surgeons reconstruct the aorta and connect it directly to the heart's right ventricle. Surgeons insert a shunt that connects the aorta to the pulmonary arteries, or they place a shunt that connects the right ventricle to the pulmonary arteries. This procedure allows the right ventricle
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