Larry A. Latson MD


Transposition of the Great Vessels

In transposition of the great vessels, the major blood vessels attached to the heart—the aorta and the pulmonary artery—are reversed. This reversal results in the blood going to the wrong places. This leads to low oxygen levels in the body. The aorta, which normally carries oxygen-rich blood from the left side of the…

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a heart defect that is present at birth (congenital) in which the left side of the heart and aorta are very small or underdeveloped. The small left ventricle makes the right ventricle responsible for pumping blood to the lungs and body. Over time, too little blood may be pumped to the…

Congenital Heart Defects in Adults

Adults with congenital heart defects can live long, full, and active lives. There are many things you can do to stay healthy and live well. These include having a heart-healthy lifestyle, preventing infections, and getting regular checkups. You might have unique issues with things like birth control and pregnancy…

Heart Catheterization for Congenital Heart Defects in Children

A heart catheterization is a procedure used for both diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects. As a test, this procedure allows doctors to see how blood flows through the heart chambers and arteries. As a treatment, the doctor can use special tools to fix a heart defect during this procedure. How is it done…

Congenital Heart Defects in Children

Discusses problems with how a baby’s heart forms. Also looks at problems found when a person is an adult. Includes info on patent ductus arteriosus, aortic valve stenosis, and coarctation of the aorta. Covers treatment with medicine and surgery.