Tests and treatments
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Tests and Treatments
1) investigate the causes of chest pain, and palpitations
2) investigate the causes of fainting during exercise
3) investigate the causes of breathlesness during exercise, including asthma
4) investigate the causes of easy fatigue
5) assess fitness level in children before the start of intense exercise
There are many kinds of heart defects. Some cardiac defects are minor whereas others are more serious. Defects can occur inside the heart or in the large blood vessels outside the heart. Some heart defects may require for surgery to take place right after the baby is born. For others, your child may be able to safely wait for months or years to have surgery. In some types of cardiac defects the surgeons have to stop the heart and a heart-lung machine has to be used in order to support the blood flow and baby functions while the surgeons are operating.
When the heart and lung machine has to used, an incision is made through the breastbone (sternum) while the child is under general anaesthesia (the child is unconscious and does not feel pain). For the repair of some heart defects, the incision has to be made on the side (left or right) of the chest, between the ribs. Once the surgery is completed the child will be transferred to the cardiac intensive care unit and as she makes progress she is prepared for discharge. The length of time to be spent in hospital after a cardiac operation can be quite variable but most children can be discharged within 7-10 days from the operation. After the operation, a specifically tailored follow-up schedule will be organized to suit the child and the family needs.
New Patient Paperwork
Please print out your paperwork and bring it to your appointment at SW Houston Cardiology. If your insurance requires authorization, please be sure to have that information sent to our office or bring it with you to your appointment, along with any medical records you may have. Please also make sure to bring your insurance cards, photo ID, and medication list.
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