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What We Do

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East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre (EMCHC) identifies and treats congenital heart defects.

A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a fault in the structure of the heart and great vessels which is present at birth. Many types of heart defect exist, most of which either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it, or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern. Other defects, such as long QT syndrome, affect the heart's rhythm.

Heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths. Approximately 9 people in 1000 are born with a congenital heart defect.

In addition, we care for some of the sickest babies and children in the country through our internationally-renowned ECMO (Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) programme which was developed at Groby Road Hospital in 1989. ECMO is a system that puts oxygen into the blood outside of the body, giving the patient's lungs and heart a chance to rest and recover from illness or surgery.

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