Left ventricle-aorta tunnel

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Left ventricle-aorta tunnel is a defect characterized by an abnormal opening in the left ventricle in the brain that connects it with the aorta (largest artery in the body). This may make an individual's heart less capable of providing oxygen and nutrients to different body areas via blood. Individuals with this defect often experience fatigue and dizziness. If left untreated, this defect can cause systemic problems. Doctors diagnose this defect through heart tests such as an echocardiogram. Doctors may suggest individuals undergo surgery to disconnect the ventricle from the aorta.

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