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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Most children with single ventricle defects need surgery. The specific type of surgery or other treatments your child will need depends on the type of defect he or she has.
Before surgery — and possibly afterwards — your child may be placed on a life support system called ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a machine that temporarily takes over the functions of child's heart and lungs.
Your child may also get IV (intravenous) medications to help the heart and lungs work more efficiently.
Surgical techniques for single ventricle defects are continually being refined, and the long-term outlook for children born with this condition is constantly improving.
Still, patients with single ventricle defects will need lifelong monitoring and medication, since they'll always be at some risk for other problems, such as arrhythmias, infections, heart failure or stroke.
Your cardiologist will help you create a long-term care program for your child as he or she grows and matures into adulthood. Most people born with a heart defect have an ongoing relationship with a cardiologist. Your cardiologist will work with you and your child to prevent and treat complications and to advise on daily-life issues such as exercise and nutrition.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”