Health and medicine: What is acyanotic heart disease?

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Acyanotic heart disease is a group of heart conditions where blood with oxygen mixes with blood with little oxygen in the heart. This mixing is not enough to cause cyanosis, a symptom of not enough oxygen being delivered to tissues of the body, hence the name acyanotic heart disease.

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Acyanotic heart disease is a group of heart conditions where blood with oxygen mixes with blood with little oxygen in the heart. This mixing is not enough to cause cyanosis, a symptom of not enough oxygen being delivered to tissues of the body, hence the name acyanotic heart disease.

Health and medicine

The medical world can be a confusing place. Patients, their families, and even students entering health fields might feel overwhelmed by the large vocabularies and complicated explanations. We hope to make understanding the medical world a bit easier. Look around! These videos do not provide medical advice and are for informational purposes only. The videos are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read or seen in any Khan Academy video.

Acyanotic heart diseases

Acyanotic means, quite simply “not blue.” When deoxygenated blood is pumped out by our heart into our vessels. Fortunately, not all congenital heart diseases result in cyanosis. In this module, we will discuss these acyanotic heart diseases, from atrial septal defect to patent ductus arteriosus as well as the embryological defects that lead to them.

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