DCSIMG

Indicator Profile of Transposition of the Great Arteries

Why Is This Important?

Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is a heart condition that is present at birth, and often is called a congenital heart defect. TGA occurs when the two main arteries going out of the heart (the pulmonary artery and the aorta) are switched in position, or "transposed". Transposition causes systemic and pulmonary circulation to occur in parallel rather than in series. This situation causes organs within the body to be deprived of oxygen.

The cause of TGA is unknown, but there are some factors that have been associated with an increased risk of developing TGA. They include: viral illness in the mother during pregnancy; poor maternal nutrition or diabetes during pregnancy; high maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy; pesticide exposure during fetal development; and advanced age of the mother.

Prevalence of Transposition of the Great Arteries in Children Born to NJ Resident Mothers, Statewide Rates, 2000-2008

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Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health;  Early Identification and Monitoring Program, Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services, Division of Family Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health; 

Definition

Number of children born with transposition of the great arteries per 10,000 live births to women residing in New Jersey in a specified time interval.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of children born with transposition of the great arteries among live births occurring to women residing in New Jersey in a specified time interval.
Denominator: Count of all live births to women residing in New Jersey in a specified time interval.

Page Content Updated On 07/31/13, Published on 08/05/13
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Content updated: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:00:50 EDT