Last week, Bryan and I took Nathan to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans for his annual checkup. His heart surgery to correct Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, a problem connected to his Scimitar Syndrome, occurred about three years ago. The first year after surgery, appointments were a few months apart, but he has done well, so he is seen once a year now.
I asked the nurse who hooked him up for the EKG (electrocardiogram) if his scimitar syndrome required a different placement of the leads. She told me the leads are, indeed, placed differently on patients with dextrocardia. To get a proper reading on a heart that is positioned on the wrong side, it appears that the leads are reversed.
I snapped a picture of Nathan while the nurse performed his EKG. He has had several of these over the years, and although he was not crazy about being wired up as a baby, he now takes it in stride. He giggled when Bryan told him to be glad he doesn’t have a hairy chest.