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A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that usually occurs in a deep, larger vein of the lower leg or arm. If a clot travels to your lungs (called a pulmonary...
A ventricular septal defect is one of the most common congenital (present from birth) heart defects. It refers to one or more holes in the wall separating the right and left...
Turner syndrome is a rare condition that affects growth and development in girls and women. It is a chromosomal disorder, meaning that it is caused by irregularities in the DNA, and it is a...
Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is a rare but serious congenital heart defect, meaning it is present at birth, in which the two main arteries that leave the heart...
Tetralogy of Fallot is a rare, complex congenital heart defect, meaning that it is present at birth. It causes oxygen-poor blood and oxygen-rich blood to mix together, with...
Marfan syndrome is a medical condition that affects connective tissue, which holds the body’s cells, organs, and tissue together and helps the body grow and develop properly. It is a genetic...
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a birth defect that prevents the left side of the heart from forming correctly and properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the body....
Ebstein anomaly is a rare congenital (meaning it is present at birth) heart defect in which the heart’s tricuspid valve is abnormal.
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a problem present at birth that involves the structure of the heart, its valves, or blood vessels. It is the most common type of birth defect, affecting about one...
An atrial septal defect is an abnormal opening between the heart's upper chambers. It is a common congenital (present from birth) heart defect. Smaller atrial septal defects...
The aortic valve regulates blood flow from the heart into the aorta, the major blood vessel that delivers oxygen-rich blood to the body. Normally the valve has three branches...
Cardiac catheterization is a method of diagnosing and treating some heart conditions. The procedure involves the insertion of a long, thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a...
Pulmonary stenosis, also known as pulmonary valve stenosis, is a rare disorder of the heart's pulmonary valve that slows or restricts the flow of blood from the heart to the...
Mitral valve prolapse, or MVP, is a condition in which the valve between the heart's left upper chamber and the left lower chamber does not close properly. The flaps of the...
Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve, the valve that allows blood to flow from the heart's lower left chamber into the aorta and to the entire body. The...
Today, aortic insufficiency usually is caused by conditions such as high blood pressure, endocarditis (inflammation of the inner layer of the heart), syphilis, lupus, congenital (present at birth)...
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a type of high blood pressure (hypertension) that occurs in the arteries located in the lungs and on the right side of the heart. The...
Aortic periprosthetic leak, or aortic periprosthetic valve leak, is a condition that sometimes occurs following surgery to replace the heart's aortic valve with a mechanical...
This past spring, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) reported that emergency rooms across the United States were seeing a large drop in heart attack admissions. UAB Medicine also saw a...