Mending a Broken Heart: The Anatomy, Physiology, and Psychology of Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defects and with improvements in surgical techniques and medical care these babies are living longer and healthier lives. Data indicates that approximately 1 million U.S. children and 1.2 million U.S. adults are living with congenital heart disease. Treating congenital heart disease requires an intimate understanding of complex embryology, anatomy, and physiology. In this seminar we will look at the fascinating spectrum of anatomical changes that occur in some common congenital heart defects and how these changes can be corrected with various surgical procedures and medical care. Lectures will draw from real patient cases and students will have the opportunity to visit the Stanford Anatomy Lab, engage with virtual reality models of the heart, learn the basics of cardiac ultrasound, and hear from some of the frontline anesthesiologists, surgeons, cardiologists, and patients who straddle the line between life and death on a daily basis.