Congenital heart defects

If your heart and its chambers weren’t formed correctly before you were born, the blood flow in your heart or vessels near it may be blocked or have abnormal pathways or connections. This may cause the oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to mix with blood from your body that is low in oxygen. When this happens cyanosis occurs and your body could potentially lack the right levels of oxygen to sustain itself. This makes it harder for your heart to pump blood around your body and the extra workload can cause many conditions, including heart failure.

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AN ANIMATED JOURNEY THROUGH HEART FAILURE

A series of 9 simple, captivating animations explaining heart failure and its treatment.

These narrated animations explain how a healthy heart works, what happens to it in heart failure and how various treatments work to improve your health.

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PATIENT AND CAREGIVERS VIDEOS

In this section you can watch, listen or read interviews with other people with heart failure and their caregivers.

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