Pediatric cardiology, at BM Birla Heart Research Centre focuses only on taking care of pediatric heart patients (i.e. from newborns till teenagers). Some heart problems that affect a child are structural defects while some are impaired electrical systems of the heart that controls the heartbeat.
The pediatric cardiology department at the BM Birla Heart Research Center offers patients with cardiovascular disease a wide range of diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services. There are services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for heart attack, cardiac arrest or failure emergencies.
The department houses a dedicated team of experts that can cater to all complex heart conditions (like responding to an acute heart attack within 1 hour of its onset to enable complete quick recovery) using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The staff of this department includes certified pediatric surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac pediatric intensivists, pediatric radiologists, neonatologists, and also pediatric nurses, occupational, speech, and physical therapists; and nutritionists. They all provide a supportive environment for the patient’s quick recovery.
Pediatric cardiologists can also treat pulmonary or systemic hypertension (high blood pressure).
Surgeries: Some of the surgical interventions conducted are for treating truncus arteriosus and repairing the aortic valve, mitral valve, tetralogy, ALCAPA (Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from the Pulmonary Artery), and complete AV canal. Others are Arterial Switch surgery, Cosmetic surgery for VSD and ASD closure, Bidirectional Glenn surgery, Neonatal BT shunts, Fontan surgery, implantation of pacemakers, and Pulmonary Valve Placement. There are also robust programs available for dealing with heart failures and transplants (i.e. replacing the diseased heart with a healthy donor heart).
Cardiovascular problems are one of the most common diseases associated with mortality. Lack of physical activity, modern lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, lack of nutrition, and various other socio-economic conditions – have increased cardiovascular problems. Even though multiple medical treatments are available to treat heart issues, a pacemaker remains one of the most important advances in providing care for heart patients.
A Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is a surgical method performed to repair a compromised, blocked or narrowed artery which was causing disruption in the blood and oxygen supply to the heart. This surgical procedure is recommended for patients who have higher risk or are too sick, or too old for an open heart surgery.
Heart failure is a serious condition marked by the inefficiency of the heart muscles to pump blood to different parts of the body. Also referred to as congestive heart failure, the condition can prove to be life-threatening if not addressed immediately. Such patients are often recommended to undergo a heart transplant, a surgical procedure that involves the replacement of a diseased or non-functional part of the patient’s heart with a healthy heart taken from a deceased donor.