CFD Simulations are Saving Infants from Deadly Heart Defects

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 ANSYS simulation of velocity magnitude at a total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) surgery site
Courtesy Politecnico di Milano., December 2014

Approximately 1,000 children are born in the United States each year with a heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which is characterized by underdevelopment of the left side of the heart; the diagnosis affects newborns worldwide. Three surgeries are required within a child’s first two to three years to ensure his or her health and survival. Doctors now can gain more information to select optimal surgical options by testing scenarios using ANSYS Fluent CFD simulations. By employing simulation, medical professionals save lives and cut down on unnecessary or excessively dangerous surgeries on very young patients.