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Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Venticular Septum

There are two main pipes which leave the heart. The Pulmonary artery takes blood to the lungs and the Aorta which takes blood to the head and the body. Some babies are born without (or with a very small) pulmonary artery. This means that the blood is not effectively getting to the lungs to pick up Oxygen. This is a very serious heart condition which will need urgent intervention at a specialist cardiac centre. The first stage will normally be to give a medicine to keep 'the duct' open. Read more about this in our leaflet.