Ba­bies born with bro­ken hearts

Weekly Trust - - Weekend Magazine -

Acol­lab­o­ra­tion of medicine and en­gi­neer­ing in In­di­ana ex­plores car­diac flow hy­dro­dy­nam­ics in fe­tal sin­gle ven­tri­cle hearts. Re­searchers are study­ing how ir­reg­u­lar fill­ing mech­a­nisms— the process of blood fill­ing the lower two halves of the heart—may con­trib­ute to de­fects in de­vel­op­ing foetal hearts.

In­ef­fi­cient fill­ing leads to en­ergy losses that al­ter the heart’s struc­ture and per­for­mance.

Tens of thou­sands of ba­bies are born with life-threat­en­ing con­gen­i­tal heart de­fects ev­ery year.

De­fects to sin­gle ven­tri­cles—the lower two halves of the heart—can be iden­ti­fied with echocar­dio­grams.

Surgery in the first months of life can cor­rect these de­fect, but

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