Animated Videos Illustrate Congenital Heart Defects


If you’re a parent of a child with a congenital heart defect (CHD), explaining your child’s condition to your friends and family members can be challenging.

That’s why our Heart Institute created nine animated videos to help illustrate the defects. These videos are technical in nature, but are designed to show in a very detailed way the structural abnormalities of the heart.

You can watch all nine of the anatomically accurate animations below. And if you’re interested in learning more about each condition, click on the title of the defect, which will take you to the condition’s Heart Encyclopedia page.

Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return 

Tetralogy of Fallot

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Interrupted Aortic Arch — Ventricular Septic Defect (VSD)

Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)

Coarctation of the Aorta

Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AV Canal)

Ebstein Anomaly

Truncus Arteriosus

Editor’s note: The congenital heart defect and surgical animations were created by the Heart Institute Team (Drs. Ryan Moore, Mike Taylor and David Morales) in collaboration with the Critical Care Media Lab (Jeff Cimprich, Ren Wilkey, and Dr. Ken Tegtmeyer).

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  1. Mom4 February 14, 22:04
    Would have loved to see a video of Left Ventricular Non Compression.
  2. Molly February 16, 22:17
    I was born with Tetralogy of Fallots and missing pulmonary branch to the left lung. I had my first operation a shunt sixty years ago at the age of two and correction Of the other defects forty four years ago. Nice to see the animations
  3. Jackie Fryatt February 17, 02:04
    I am in the UK. Exeter, Devon. Daughter now30 years old. Born with TGA,VSD,DORV,COARC. Animations very interesting, wish there was this kind of information when she was a child. At present a worried mum because heart function is becoming an issue as she gets older. Had sennings repair in 91. I am a frequent web watcher for CHD related articles. Regards Jac Fryatt
  4. John Latsha February 17, 18:58
    I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot 66 years ago. I had a Blalock-Taussig Shunt in 1958, a Waterston Shunt in 1967, a "total repair" in 1980 and a PVR and ablation procedure in 2006. I had an ICD implanted in 2010 and I'm doing well. I know that I may need other procedures in the future but my health is good and I exercise every other day at the Med Center. I'm one of the survivors. The animation was well done.
  5. Rita February 18, 13:06
    Love these, but please do one on tricuspid atresia
  6. Stacey February 25, 11:49
    These are great! Would love to see a video on Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome.
    • Teresa February 25, 18:14
      I also would love to see an animation of Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome. This would be so helpful for our family who is so interested in my daughter's condition, but doesn't quite understand.
  7. Danielle February 26, 00:42
    Fantastic resource for CHD patients and parents. Would you consider adding Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum to the list please?
  8. kristy February 26, 02:28
    Would be good to have SVT and rythem issues.
  9. Tanya July 09, 13:48
    I'd love to see (and share) one about Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and about cardiomyopathy.
  10. amber ackerman July 09, 17:16
    My son has Double Outlet Right Ventricle and I can hardly ever find anything about it.
  11. Kristi RN July 10, 12:22
    I'm a school nurse in Texas with a background in critical care. While I understand these conditions, my staff doesn't. I plan to show these to a group of teachers that may have a student with a congenital heart defect this next year. I think these are great, but do you have other videos on health topics such as asthma, CF, diabetes type 1, epilepsy?? These are done very well and I would like to be able to let our staff watch these and understand better about medical issues a student in their classrooms might have! Thanks for the great work! kc
    • Rachel Camper
      Rachel Camper July 10, 13:44
      Hi Kristi, Thanks for the kind words and happy to hear that you've found the heart animations useful! At this time the only animation I am aware of that we have on your list is asthma, which can be found here:
  12. Karen Fry July 16, 20:29
    My grandson had the TAPVR. He also was born with a cortritriatrium. I would be interested in seeing an animation of this condition. Thanks to the Helen Devos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan Kevin is now a happy, outgoing, and healthy little boy after his two surgeries to correct the defects at 1 month old.