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Long-Term Consequences of a Fontan Physiology

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The Fontan Procedure was first described in 1971 as a treatment for tricuspid atresia. In the last 45 years, the Fontan Procedure has grown and changed and is currently used to save the lives of people born with a number of single ventricle diagnoses -- including tricuspid atresia, hypoplastic left (and right) heart syndrome, common-inlet left ventricle or double-inlet left ventricle. Survivors of this procedure are increasing as the surgical techniques, mediations used, devices used to enhance life and diagnostic methods have improved. What does this mean for long-term survivors? What are common complications? What red flags should Survivors and their parents' (and doctors) be aware of?

Today's episode features two Guests: Dr. Wilson Lam, electrophysiologist at Baylor College of Medicine and Lauren Bednarz, 29 year old Fontan Survivor. They will share their experiences and advice with us in this show.