Episode summary introduction:
We’re going to start this episode off with what Tetralogy of Fallot is. It is a congenital heart defect that consists of the following four heart defects. You need all four of these to have TOF, but you can also have additional congenital defects in addition to the 4 listed.
1 in every 2518 babies born in the US each year have tetralogy of fallot
Tetralogy of Fallot is the most common cyanotic heart condition in children
It accounts for 7% to 10% of congenital defects
Affects males and females equally
Occurs in 3 to 5 of every 10,000 live births
The cause of TOF is unknown. There are thoughts that it may be associated with poor maternal nutrition, genetic disorders or a viral illness during pregnancy. Symptoms are discussed.
Treatment for TOF include:
Surgery, in the US this typically happens before 12 months of age
There are multiple surgeries that need to be done
Will have to be followed by Cardiologist familiar with CHD
Oral Medications to vasodilate vessels to allow for better blood flow
And Nursing considerations are discussed for TET spells.
The treatment currently used in ToF results in excellent long-term survival - 30 year survival ranges from 68.5% to 90.5%. There is still a need for research and understanding each aspect of TOF. It is important to remember that surgery for TOF is not curative, it is palliative; the structural disease continues to progress at a varying rate.