Animation Library

The Heart Center has created a number of educational animations to help our patients understand their heart conditions and the procedures we perform to treat them.

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How a Normal Heart Works

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital is dedicated to the education of patients and families who require cardiac care. Learning how an anatomically sound or normal heart works can help families understand the more uncommon heart diagnoses children may have. This video shows how a normal functioning heart works to pump blood to the body. 

Animation: Normal Heart vs. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Normal Heart vs. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a condition in which one lower chamber of the heart is either underdeveloped, too small or missing a valve. This video shows the difference in anatomy between a hypoplastic left heart and a normal heart.

Animation: Hybrid Stage 1

Hybrid Stage 1 Procedure

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a condition in which one lower chamber of the heart is either underdeveloped, too small or missing a valve. The first surgery for treating hypoplastic left heart syndrome happens a few days after birth and improves the ability blood flow to the baby’s body.

Animation: Hybrid Stage 2

Hybrid Comprehensive Stage 2 Procedure

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a condition in which one lower chamber of the heart is either underdeveloped, too small or missing a valve. The Stage II procedure is usually performed four to six months after stage I. It decreases the amount of blood the right ventricle has to pump while creating improved blood flow from the upper body to the lungs.

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Hybrid Stage 3 Fontan Procedure

The Fontan procedure is the third and final surgery to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and usually happens between two and five years of age. This procedure improves blood flow from the lower body to the lungs, which further decreases the workload of the single ventricle and improves oxygen levels.

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Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

An atrial septal defect is an abnormally large hole between the upper chambers of the heart that remains after birth, which can lead to enlargement of the heart, abnormal heart rhythm and damage blood vessels in the lungs. Depending on the size of the hole, a catheter or surgical procedure may be recommended to repair the hole with a device or a patch.

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Tetralogy of Fallot

Tetralogy of Fallot is a heart defect made up of four different heart problems: ventricular septal defect, overriding aorta, pulmonary stenosis and right ventricular hypertrophy. These problems result in cyanotic, or blue, skin on babies because of a lack of oxygen.