Congenital heart disease encompasses numerous conditions affecting one in 120 babies. Devyani Chowdhury, MD, MHA, and the team at Cardiology Care for Children understand the unique challenges and needs of children and adults with congenital heart disease. They anticipate problems, provide today’s most advanced treatments, and closely monitor for changes needing immediate attention. If you or your child need compassionate care for congenital heart disease, call the office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, or request an appointment online today.
Congenital heart disease refers to numerous conditions that are present at birth. The baby’s heart develops through a series of essential steps. Most heart defects begin when a step doesn’t occur at the correct time or happens in the wrong order.
Though the cause of congenital heart disease often isn’t identifiable, some arise from chromosomal abnormalities or gene defects.
Congenital heart diseases are placed into three broad categories:
These conditions allow oxygen-rich blood to go back to the lungs instead of circulating out to the body.
These conditions let blood that has not been to the lungs (doesn’t have oxygen) go out to the body.
These heart defects limit the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body.
Some babies are born with more than one defect from any category.
The team at Cardiology Care for Children provides individualized treatment based on the type of congenital heart defect. Some conditions can be monitored and managed with medications. A few heart defects may improve as your child grows.
Many conditions require heart surgery to repair the problem. When surgery is needed, the team performs minimally invasive cardiac catheterization, guiding a narrow tube through the blood vessels and into the heart and then repairing the problem from inside the organ.
If you have questions or need care for your or your child’s heart defect, call Cardiology Care for Children or request an appointment online today.