Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is the most common form of functional single ventricle heart disease. HLHS is a rare defect on average affecting only 1 in every 5,000 infants born alive. Infants born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome present with cyanosis (bluish skin color), difficult breathing, poor circulation causing cold hands, feet and weakened pulses. This condition of poor circulation causes the infant to be weak, drowsy and lethargic.


This course will cover the hemodynamic significance of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and the defects that make up this syndrome. Echocardiogram findings will be covered in detail including how to document the syndrome and the associated defects. Along with how to correctly identify hypoplastic left heart syndrome with 2D imaging, color and spectral Doppler interrogation. Treatment options will be covered in detail along with how to document using echocardiography.

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