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Heart failure is when the heart can’t pump blood the way it should. Congestive heart failure (CHF) is when blood backs up in the heart.
The aorta is the major blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.
A Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt is a small, soft tube that lets blood in the body be redirected.
Blood pressure is a measurement that tells how hard the heart is pumping to move blood through the blood vessels.
A heart transplant is a surgery where doctors remove a person's sick heart and replace it with a healthy donor heart.
The inferior vena cava is the large vein that returns blood from the legs and abdomen to the heart.
Babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) need three surgeries. The time between the first and second surgeries is called the interstage period.
The left atrium receives blood full of oxygen from the lungs and then empties the blood into the left ventricle.
The left ventricle pumps blood full of oxygen out to the body.
Open-heart surgery is surgery that involves opening the chest and heart. A heart-lung machine does the work for the heart and lungs during the procedure.