Congenital heart disease: did you know that it prevents your child from running or playing?

Sweating when crying or eating, continuous pauses in feeding to breathe, persistent shortness of breath and easy fatigue are symptoms that alert parents that their newborn has a heart disease called patent ductus arteriosus.

The diagnosis is generally confirmed by a pediatric cardiologist, who determines the severity of the case and the urgency with which it needs surgical correction.

If this heart disease is not treated it can lead to high blood pressure in the lungs, heart failure and heart infection (endocarditis), drastically limiting activities such as running or playing or even walking to school.

Hence the importance of holding workshops to diagnose and attend to cases of this nature.

Richard Medina, a pediatric interventional cardiologist, says that many of the procedures performed were surgically corrected until recently.

“Among the corrected heart diseases we can mention closure of ASD by amplatzer, patent foramen ovale, ductus arteriosus by device, pulmonary valvuloplasty and coarctation of the aorta. All the children and adolescents who underwent surgery recovered satisfactorily and were discharged 24 hours after their procedure was carried out ”, the doctor reported with satisfaction, who was in charge of the procedures carried out during the congenital heart disease session carried out by the Dominican Heart Care Foundation.

Of the children born with congenital heart disease, approximately one third of them require surgery during the first year of life. If they are not treated, most die in the first months of life.

Untreated survivors will have damage to multiple organs, mainly the heart, lung and central nervous system.

Corrective surgery reduces mortality and prevents secondary damage to different organs.

Importance of backup

During the traditional conference, Susana Messina de Caro, vice president of Heart Care Dominicana, spoke about the impact of this type of conference for the poor population.

“Each procedure that is performed, not only involves the repair of a defect, but goes beyond the medical factor, is to restore hope to a family and give a child the opportunity to lead a normal childhood.”

The mission of the Dominican Heart Care Foundation is to contribute to the recovery of the health of children and adults with limited economic resources who suffer from heart disease, improving their quality of life and that of their families.