What Is Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)?
Author: Safron Jeen For general awareness of CHO, one is required to know about the anatomy of the heart for practical purposes. ‘The heart is a four-chambered organ. The upper two (small) chambers are called auricles and the lower two (larger) are called ventricles. The auricles on each side are connected with their respective ventricles through an orifice/ opening, the left one is called mitral orifice and the right one is called tricuspid orifice. The orifices are guarded by valves (called the mitral valve and the tricuspid valve) so that blood flows in one direction only i.e. from auricles to ventricles, on each side. The left side of the heart contains pure or oxygenated blood. After oxygenation, the blood comes from the lungs to the left upper chamber i.e. the left auricle through the pulmonary veins. From left auricle, the blood goes to the left ventricle through the mitral orifice, and from the left ventricle, the blood is pushed/pumped into the aorta (through the aortic orific
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CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE ….. a chilling phrase; a lethal constellation of birth defects of the heart that affect millions of newborn infants and children; a killer that claims thousands of lives every year. A fortunate few, mostly in the developed countries, are cured by the miracles of modern medicine. Sadly, the vast majority do not have access to treatment; they are forced to lead restricted lifestyles, denied the opportunity to become productive and participating members of their communities. CHD – A perspective There are two main varieties of heart disease. Acquired heart diseases are the consequence of indulgence, excess, aging or infection. In the recent past, there has been an encouraging drop in its incidence, thanks to • increasing knowledge and awareness of the underlying causes • populations adopting more healthy practices and habits On the other hand, Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a more or less random event. The mysteries that underlie it still remain unravelled. Th