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  • Dictionary: Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt for Parents


    A Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt is a small, soft tube that lets blood in the body be redirected.

  • Dictionary: Blood Pressure for Parents


    Blood pressure is a measurement that tells how hard the heart is pumping to move blood through the blood vessels.

  • Dictionary: Left Atrium for Parents


    The left atrium receives blood full of oxygen from the lungs and then empties the blood into the left ventricle.

  • Dictionary: Superior Vena Cava for Parents


    The superior vena cava is the large vein that returns blood from the head and arms to the heart.

  • Dictionary: Right Atrium for Parents


    The right atrium receives blood low in oxygen from the body and then empties the blood into the right ventricle.

  • Dictionary: Sano shunt for Parents


    A Sano shunt is a small, soft tube that lets blood in the body be redirected.

  • Dictionary: Open-Heart Surgery for Parents


    Open-heart surgery is surgery that involves opening the chest and heart. A heart-lung machine does the work for the heart and lungs during the procedure.

  • Dictionary: Left Ventricle for Parents


    The left ventricle pumps blood full of oxygen out to the body.

  • Dictionary: Right Ventricle for Parents


    The right ventricle pumps blood low in oxygen to the lungs.

  • Dictionary: Aorta for Parents


    The aorta is the major blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.

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