CHD – Transposition of the Great Arteries/Vessels

I am 1 in 100. I was born with d-Transposition of the Great Arteries/Vessels (TGA). What is TGA? TGA is when the two main arteries that carry blood are switched. The blood pathway is impaired because the arteries are connected to the wrong heart chambers. There are two ways that the blood flow cycle ends up either

– body-heart-body in which the blood is not being routed to the lungs for oxygen

– Lungs-heart-lungs which the blood is not routed to the body to deliver the oxygen

There are several surgeries to correct this defect. Most who are born with this defect now usually have what is called an arterial switched which started being done routinely around the mid 1980’s early 90’s. This is when the pulmonary artery and coronary arteries are switched back to the normal position.

The second surgery to correct the defect is a mustard or Senning procedure. This is where they create a baffle between the atria which redirects the oxygen rich blood to the right ventricle and the aorta and the oxygen poor blood to the left ventricle and the pulmonary artery.

I currently have the later of the two, I still have a mustard procedure in place with a band on and a stent. I’ll post more of my story about CHD later on in the week. ❤️ sending love to all warriors out there. 💕

Published by Amelia Blackwater

I am feminist writer and poet trying to raise awareness on topics such as mental health and physical disabilities. I often write about things such as invisible illnesses and mental health/illness related topics.

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