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In referece to Tetralogy of Fallot, what does aortic overriding mean?


I'm doing an assignment on Tetralogy of Fallot and I need to explain the anatomy of this disease. Could someone please explain to me what aortic overriding mean? Also, I'm not a medical proffessional (this is just my first anatomy course) so explain in plain English would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
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Normally aorta is connected to the left ventricle and pulmonary artery to the right ventricle. In Tetralogy of Fallot, there is defect in the interventriclar septum (partition). The aorta over rides the septal defect so that half of aorta is connected to right ventricle and half to left ventricle. So it receives both oxygenated blood and deoxygenated blood (from right ventricle). Hence the babies born with Tetralogy have blue colour due to deoxygenated blood in their general (systemic) circulation.  (+ info)

Is Tedraology of Fallot linked with Fibromyalgia?


I am a heart patient. Since birth I was diagnosed with Tedrealogy of Fallot with interrupted Aortic arch. Which had been repaired in 1972 in West Germany. My second heart surgery was here in 1997 where I underwent a Pulmonic valve replacement. Now, is this linked in any way with suffering from Fibromyalgia?
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As Fibromyalgia is a condition caused by the nervous system it is possible, that your heart condition could be contributory. The heart is controlled by the Autonomic nervous system and your fibromyalgia could arise from the Autonomic system. As you have Tetrology of Fallot, this would obviously affect the Autonomic system as your blood vessels were 'incorrectly plumbed'. Therefore messages controling heart rate, blood pressure etc would be problomatic. Also with the medical condition you have, oxygen starvation to the nervous system, would also cause problems. Have a look at the Mayo Clinic website. They have some very good information on both conditions.  (+ info)

Do you hve tretology of Fallot and live in Wales? If so would you like to start a support group with me?


I live in Pembrokeshire and Have Fallots,but sometimes feel isolated that I cannot always get to talk to others about my condition. If you want a chat maybe we can start a group.
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Fallots is quite a complex heart abnormality as you know, it's quite rare. Did you have heart surgery as a child? I think it's a good idea to open a support group.  (+ info)

So i was born with tetralogy of the fallot and I have had 5 open heart surgeries. Any scholarships?


Im just wondering if there are scholarships for people like us who have been through so much. I have checked kaiser permanente, the American Heart association, and doernbechers children hospital for scholarships, any other ideas?
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There appear to be a few available at speciffic institutions, not for CHD but for chronic illness in general.

The Chronic Illness Scholarship Award at DePaul http://www.snl.depaul.edu/WebMedia/Stude...

More info on the online program at dePaul http://www.cfids.org/cfidslink/depaul.as...

Here's another one: Rob Gothson Jr. Scholarship http://www.ncaecic.org/scholarship

Good luck!  (+ info)

Does Tetralogy of Fallot have anything to do with coronary artery?


Since TOF is congenital, why does it realte to coronary artery?
My cardiologist suggested me have a cardiac catheterization test in order to make sure of my coronary artery is ok. I’d never smoked, seldom drink. What signs dose a patient with abnormal coronary artery have?
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TOF has nothing to do with your coronary arteries. But getting a cath is still a good idea.

TOF consists of 4 parts ("tetralogy")
1. Ventricular Septal Defect
2. Pulmonic Stenosis
3. Overriding Aorta
4. Right Ventricular Hypertrophy.

In english, what does that mean? Basically, the pulmonary artery that carries blood to your lungs is rather tight. In addition, you have a small hole between the right and left ventricle (the septal defect). Because the pulmonary artery is so tight, blood that would have gone through the artery instead gets shunted across the septal defect into the left heart, bypassing the lungs. As a result, your oxygen levels can drop because some blood that never got oxygen is going into your systemic circulation.

A catheterization involves the placement of long flexible catheters into your heart. If they point the catheters into your coronary arteries and shoot dye, they can see how tight those arteries are. But, even when they don't, they can still take blood pressure measurements and oxygen measurements in the heart that let you know exactly how much blood is bypassing the lungs and going into the circulation.  (+ info)

Why did occur in hypertrophy in teteralogy of fallot?


Why did occur in hypertrophy in teteralogy of fallot?
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Your question is confusing... the right ventricle becomes hypertrophied in tetrology due to pulmonary valve stenosis from the aorta shifting to the right.

That along with an intraventricular defect and patent ductus arteriosis makes up the tetrology  (+ info)

my baby girl has tetralogy of fallot, does anyone know of a non open heart procedure to correct the problem?


our doctors here in the philippines say that only way for her is an complete correction via open heart surgery. is there another way to correct the problem?
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part of tetralogy of fallot means that major vessels of the heart are transposed or are not in the correct places, if not surgically repaired, your baby's circulation will only worsen, because there is not enough blood directed to the lungs to be oxygenated to supply the growing tissues of the organs and brain.... please follow your doctor's advice soon. The mortality rate is 95% for children over the age of 10 who are not surgically repaired.  (+ info)

is there a cure for tetralogy of fallot?


i have this condition. just wondering because i had my operation in 1992 and now i'm 18. do i need another operation or am i good. if i do need another operation then is there a cure?
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Surgery is the only "cure" for this heart condition. Your cardiologist ( or whoever did the surgery) should have made it really clear to you and your parents as to whether the problem was solved. Since it seems this was done when you were an infant, I'd say you're good. What do your parents say/know?

Best wishes.  (+ info)

Can I be pregnant with Tetralogy of Fallot?


I operated it 23 years ago,and I am feeling fine.I was pregnant in this january.for 6 weeks,but the doctors told me that I can't be pregnant and I had an abortus.Now I am looking for somebody to help us,because we want to have baby again.Do you know anyone like me,with this problem?Do you know that maybe I could stay pregnant but to be in the hospital all time.THANK YOU.
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That's really a question for your OB. I would guess since you were operated on that you should be ok to carry a child. The thing is when you ar pregnant your blood supply rises 50% and I don't know if someone with Tetrology could take that. I imagine with you being through an operation you should be ok.....but ask your gyno b4 getting preggo  (+ info)

How much is a tongue piercing at Trilogy in Memphis, TN? My phone is broken and I can't call!?


Can not find a website, and I only have the one phone. Was just wondering if someone knew so I didnt drive all the way down there just to ask.
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You could just check in the store to ask, look for a website or call from another phone?  (+ info)

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