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Transposition of the great arteries

Transposition of the great arteries: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Treatments | SingHealth

Transposition of the great arteries - How to prevent?

​Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) is a congenital heart disease and usually cannot be prevented. However, you can take the following steps towards a healthy pregnancy which can reduce the risks of having a baby with TGA:

  • Avoid harmful substance like alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs.
  • Make sure you keep up to date with your vaccinations to avoid infections that can be harmful to a developing fetus.
  • Speak with your doctor early to get prenatal care and supplements even before you get pregnant. Discuss your current health, lifestyle and medications with your doctor. He/she will then provide you with advice for a healthy pregnancy. 
  • Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. 
  • Manage diabetes well if you have the condition and work closely with your doctor to keep it under control before getting pregnant. 

More importantly, if you have a family history of congenital heart defects or other genetic disorders, speak with your doctor before getting pregnant. 

Transposition of the great arteries - Preparing for surgery

Transposition of the great arteries - Post-surgery care