Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a critical congenital heart defect -- meaning that surgery within the first year of life is necessary to survive. Several decades ago, HLHS was uniformly fatal (except in some very rare cases) and most infants died within the first month of life. Since the 1980s there have been efforts made to save babies with HLHS. The results have been amazing. Now the success rate for babies born with HLHS is at an all-time high. What advancements have been made? What current treatments are most promising? What new treatments are on the horizon?
Dr. Edward L. Bove is known throughout the world as "the man with the golden hands" because of his surgical skill working on babies with critical congenital heart defects. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and became Head of the Section of Cardiac Surgery in 1999. He has given hundreds of presentations on heart surgery around the world. He has served on numerous committees including the American Heart Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Bove serves on a number of editorial boards, has published over 300 manuscripts, dozens of book chapters, and edited two books.
Dr. Bove is Anna's featured Guest today and he'll answer the questions posed above and much, much more! If you, or someone you love, has HLHS, you won't want to miss this program!