Babies born with broken hearts
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