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Transposition of the Great Arteries

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kristen winchester

on 20 May 2011

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Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) by: Kristen Winchester I have had a heart defect since I was born. The defect I have which this prezi is all about is called transposition of the great arteries. The two main arteries are called the Aorta and the Pulmonary. Their job is to help blood travel through my body heart and lungs. When I was born the two main arteries the Aorta and the pulmonary were switched. Because of this the blue blood which doesn't have much oxygen traveled through my body to my heart and the my body again and continues this cyle. Meanwhile the red blood with oxygen went to my lungs to my heart to my lungs again and again. My body needs to have red and blue blood mix. To fix this I had sugery which switches the arteries back where they're supposed to be. If you have transposition of the great arteries, the doctors willl most likely find out with in the firt week. For me they knew there was something wrong as soon as I was born. They the then listen to your heart and lungs and measuring the blood's oxygenlevel. The most common symptons of TGA are purplish skin or shortness of breath because that's what happens when the bllod with oxygen and the blood without don't mix. There are more boys tha girls who are diagnosed with TGA. They chances of surviving the surgery is about 98% so I was very lucky :) People who have this go to a doctor that specialize in cardiology. When I was only a few hours old, I flew on a plane to the Children's Hospital in Boston. A few days later I had major heart surgery. This picture show what scars you get from having TGA surgery. Since I was only an infant when this happened, I was of course not scared or anything. And of course they put me to sleep. The chances of a baby in America having tranposition of the great arteries is five out of 10,000. Often, like in my case, one of the arteriesis thinnner in a certain place because of the surgery. Depending on how bad it is, some people also get a piece of metal to hold it open. This is my excuse of why I'm such a bad runner. Right now I have something called a heart murmur. Because one of my arteries is smaller than it should be, when you listen to my heart with a stethescope it sounds different than yours. A regular heart should make a thumping sound. Mine sounds like a person who is breathing heavily. About once a year I go to the hospital and ahve a check p with my cardiology doctor, Doctor Drucker. i Often when I go I get an IV. Throughout the years I have had so many IVs I have lost count I hope you have learned a lo about my heart defect called transposition of the great arteries. The End!!!
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