Situs inversus with dextrocardia is also termed situs inversus totalis because the cardiac position, as well as the atrial chambers and abdominal viscera, is a mirror image of the normal anatomy. Situs inversus totalis has an incidence of 1 in 8,000 births.
Is dextrocardia always associated with situs inversus?
Mirror-image dextrocardia is the most common form of cardiac malposition encountered and is almost always associated with situs inversus of the abdominal organs.
How rare is dextrocardia situs inversus totalis?
As it is recessive genes that cause dextrocardia, an individual must inherit a copy of the abnormal gene from both parents to develop the condition. Dextrocardia affects an estimated 1 out of every 12,000 people . Dextrocardia situs inversus totalis affects approximately 1 out of every 10,000 children.
Is situs inversus hereditary?
The condition appears to be genetically heterogeneous, meaning that different genetic factors or genes may cause the condition among different people or families. If situs inversus is associated with another underlying syndrome or condition, the inheritance pattern may be the same as that of the underlying condition.
Can you make your heart stronger?
Examples: Brisk walking, running, swimming, cycling, playing tennis and jumping rope. Heart-pumping aerobic exercise is the kind that doctors have in mind when they recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity.