Holes in the Heart

Blue Babies

Neonatal Complex Heart Abnormalities

Narrowing of the Aorta

The aorta is the large artery that exits the left side of the heart to take red oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. As it ascends from the heart it arches over the airway to travel down in the back of the left chest to the lower parts of the body. As the aorta arches it may become narrowed, an abnormality called aortic coarctation.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus

The ductus arteriosus is a large artery connecting the lung artery with the aorta. It is required during development of the heart and lungs to allow blood to bypass the lungs during foetal life when they are collapsed and do not contain air. The ductus arteriosus has a muscular type of wall that causes it normally to close in the first few days of life.

Obstructions to the Left Side of the Heart

  • The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Heart Centre for Children- The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick
  • Westmead Hospital
  • Westmead Private Hospital
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Sydney Adventist Hospital
  • Healing Little Hearts