Real Stories: Living with Heart Defects

Collage of people with heart defects

Living with Coarctation of the Aorta

Coarctation of the aorta is a birth defect in which a part of the aorta is narrower than usual. To learn what it’s like to live with this condition or how families are affected, read these real stories from people living with coarctation of the aorta.

Living with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. As the baby develops during pregnancy, the left side of the heart does not form correctly. To learn what it’s like to live with this condition or how families are affected, read these real stories from people living with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Living with Tetralogy of Fallot

Tetralogy of Fallot is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. It is made up of four defects of the heart and its blood vessels. To learn what it’s like to live with this condition or how families are affected, read these real stories from people living with Tetralogy of Fallot.

Living with Other Types of Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are present at birth and can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works. They can affect how blood flows through the heart and out to the rest of the body. To learn what it’s like to live with these types of conditions or how families are affected, read these real stories from people living with congenital heart defects.