Newer Heart Surgery for Infants Offers First-Year Survival Benefit over Traditional Procedure – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Infants born with a severely underdeveloped heart who undergo a newer surgical procedure are more likely to survive their first year and not require a heart transplant, this according to a recent study.
Pearson: This study enrolled newborns who are born with only one functioning pumping chamber of their heart which is called a ventricle.
Narrator: Dr. Gail Pearson is with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute which supported the study.
Pearson: The overall conclusion was that for the first year of life the newer procedure offers improved survival without needing a heart transplant.
Narrator: For more information on this study, visit nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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