Newer Heart Surgery for Infants Offers First-Year Survival Benefit over Traditional Procedure – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Most babies are born with two functioning ventricles - those are the pumping chambers in the heart. But some infants with a common birth defect have only one ventricle.
Pearson: This is called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Narrator: Dr. Gail Pearson at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute explains a recent trial to determine whether one procedure helps more than another.
Pearson: We were targeting enrolling these babies in order to compare two different types of surgical procedures.
Narrator: Results show the newer procedure offers better survival in the first year, but second year results are similar for both procedures. To get study details, 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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