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Double outlet right ventricle

Double outlet right ventricle

Overview

Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) is a congenital heart disease in which the aorta and pulmonary artery rise from the right ventricle. This configuration allows oxygen-poor blood, to be carried throughout the body. The body is not able to get enough oxygen, causing the heart to work harder to try to bring more oxygen-rich blood to the body.

Update Date 5/14/2014

Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.