Galvan, 3rd Period
Identify the Problem
Who is most likely to get it
Describe the Symptoms
Tiring easily, especially during feedings
Slow growth and poor weight gain
Fatigue and weakness
Shortness of breath
Sudden weight gain from fluid retention
How can it be diagnosed?
Echocardiogram - A test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart.
Electrocardiogram - A test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart.
Pulse oximetry - A test used to measure the oxygen level/saturation of the blood.
Chest X-ray - produces images of your heart, lungs, blood vessels, and many other things
Cardiac catheterization - a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat some heart conditions.
After birth a child can undergo 1st stage surgery called modified Blalock-Taussig (BT) and then heart surgery by the age of 3 to 6 months called a bidirectional Glenn. Between the ages of 2 and 5 years, the third surgery is called, Fontan procedure. Expected survival through all three stages of 75 percent to 95 percent depending on the exact malformations and surgery for any individual