Update #3: Charlotte was put on the heart bypass machine and the repair began around 11:20 (CT). The APN just left us with this update–angioplasty has been performed on the RPA (right pulmonary artery) to alleviate the constricted blood flow. The conduit has been replaced to address the stenosis there. Dr. Backer is now performing an echo to check the heart and valve function and then will ease her off the bypass machine and let her heart take over again. (Or he’ll take her off bypass and then do the echo). At this point, we think that they are leaving the valve–at last check it was competent so there was no need to replace it.
Next, Dr. Backer will “dry” the area and watch. And watch. And watch. Basically, he’ll watch for up to two hours to make sure there is no bleeding and, I think, that the valve truly is competent now that it has blood flow at full volume and velocity.
So far, thank goodness, it’s been a textbook day, no complications and no arrhythmias.
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It’s Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, so I’ll leave you with a few important CGD facts:
- CHDs are the most common birth defects. CHDs occur in almost 1% of births
- Approximately 25% of children born with a CHD will need heart surgery or other interventions to survive.
- Most causes of CHDs are unknown. Only 15-20% of all CHDs are related to known genetic conditions.
- In 2009, the hospital cost for roughly 27,000 hospital stays for children treated primarily for CHDs in the U.S. was nearly $1.5 billion. In the same year, hospital cost for roughly 12,000 hospital stays of adults treated primarily for CHD was at least $280 million.