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Heart & Blood Vessels

The Norwood Procedure

The Norwood procedure is an open-heart surgery. It's the first of three surgeries to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

Thrombocytopenia

Thrombocytopenia is when someone has too few platelets in their bloodstream. Many things can cause it and most can be treated.

Tricuspid Atresia

Tricuspid atresia is a congenital heart defect. A baby born with tricuspid atresia often has serious symptoms soon after birth because blood flow to the lungs is much less than normal.

Truncus Arteriosus

Truncus arteriosus is a heart defect that happens when a child is born with one large artery instead of two separate arteries.

Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that makes red blood cells change shape. These sickle shaped cells get stuck together and block small blood vessels. This stops blood from moving as it should, which can lead to pain and organ damage.

Venous Malformations

A venous malformation (VM) is a place in the body where veins haven't grown the right way. VMs can be difficult to treat.

Ventricular Assist Device

A ventricular assist device is a mechanical pump that takes over for the heart and pumps blood. This can give a weak or injured heart time to heal or support someone as they wait for a heart transplant.

Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

Ventricular septal defect (VSD) — also known as a "hole in the heart" — is a congenital heart defect. Most VSDs are diagnosed and treated successfully.

Von Willebrand Disease

Easy bruising and excessive bleeding can be signs of Von Willebrand disease, a genetic disorder that affects blood's ability to clot.

When Your Child Needs a Heart Transplant

If your child needs a heart transplant, you're probably feeling lots of emotions. Fortunately, many kids who undergo heart transplants go on to live normal, healthy lives.