Worldwide statistics show that nearly one in every hundred children born suffer from congenital heart disease along with the new additions every year, the burden is huge. Considering the present birth rate in India, every year we have almost two lakh new born babies who suffer from such a defect. Approximately half of them need treatment in first year of life. If we consider the existing children already suffering from congenital heart diseases, along with the new additions every year, the burden is huge. Unfortunately only two percent of these children get proper treatment and it tells us about the sorry state of our performance in this field.
For proper treatment, we need to diagnose the problem in time and start the treatment early under the supervision of a dedicated team of doctors specialised in treatment of patients with congenital and structural problems.
If there is any doubt, immediately get in touch with a Paediatric Cardiologist and get proper evaluation for your kid. Just presence of heart disease in a baby does not mean that he will need surgery. Many heart diseases don’t need immediate treatment, some need regular follow-up to check for spontaneous improvement or any deterioration, some of them can be managed with medications and some babies will need early surgery or intervention. But it is very important to get early evaluation and regular follow-up to decide about the management plan and only a Paediatric Cardiologist can guide you properly.
Time is precious. Delay in diagnosis and treatment can often hamper the normal life of your kid, treatment may not have optimal result and sometimes delay can make his heart problem unsuitable for ideal treatment. The main growth of body and brain occurs in first two years of life…so any neglect at that vital period may leave a permanent scar in him.
Thankfully, most of these children can lead a normal and healthy life with timely intervention. So, we need to diagnose these problems early and treat them timely to help the little hearts beat healthy. Medica Superspecialty Hospital, a multispeciality tertiary care centre, is delighted to offer comprehensive Paediatric Cardiology Services under one roof. The Paediatric Cardiac Care Team comprising Paediatric Cardiologist, Paediatric Intensivist, Cardiac Surgeons, Anaesthetists and well trained paramedical staff is capable of handling any cardiac emergency. Availability of all major paediatric superspecialties, neonatal and paediatric intensive care support enable us to deliver world-class patient care.
Treating structural heart problems without surgery is a fascinating field of technological advances. Paediatric Cardiac intervention is a well established area and many of the heart problems can now be resolved without opening the chest. Many of us know about angioplasty and, if possible, we prefer it over Bypass surgery.
But how many of us know that many holes in the heart can be closed by placing a plug like device in it! Many blocks in the heart valves can be opened by balloon dilation! All these are done without any scar on chest, without any
blood transfusion and with a very short stay in hospital.
Sr Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist
MD (Paediatrics), FNB (Paediatric Cardiology), Fellowship (Cardiology)
MD, PDCC (Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anaesthesiology), FNB (Cardiac Anaesthesia)
MD, FNB (Cardiac Anaesthesia)