Christos Pitarys, MD
Specialty: Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
- Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
- Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursWest Florida Cardiology Associates
6633 Forest Ave Ste 302
New Port Richey, FL 34653
- monday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
- friday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
- Medical Center of Trinity
- Medical Center of Trinity West Pasco Campus
- Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
- Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
What is an acquired heart disease?
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons answeredMuch more rarely than congenital heart disease (CHD), children have acquired heart disease, that is, they were not born with heart disease but they acquired it after birth. These diseases include inflammatory heart disease such as rheumatic heart disease that occurs after rheumatic fever or infectious heart disease, such as endocarditis or trauma to the heart (cardiac trauma). The operations used to treat acquired heart disease in children are similar to those used to treat CHD.
How are arteries affected in people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?
Barry L. Molk, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered on behalf of Sky Ridge Medical CenterIn peripheral arterial disease (PAD) there is a buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries. The narrowed arteries prevent blood from getting to the muscle of the leg, and the muscle then has difficulty performing when it's being asked to do some activity and not getting enough fuel. The leg hurts and becomes weak.
It's important to know that PAD is not limited to the peripheral arteries. Plaque buildup is also present in the coronary arteries. Therefore, people who have PAD (or think they may have it) should be evaluated for high cholesterol and coronary artery disease.
What is interrupted aortic arch in children?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
This rare genetic disorder involves two defects. First, the aortic arch does not form a complete tube and is divided, or “interrupted.” The aortic arch is the part of the aorta (the major vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body's tissues) that curves directly above the heart and begins the descent to the lower body.
Second, there is almost always a hole, called a ventricular septal defect (VSD), in the muscle wall (septum) that separates the two ventricles, or pumping chambers of the heart.
Because the aorta is interrupted and cannot carry blood from the left ventricle to the lower body as in a normal heart, it might seem that the child with this anomaly could not survive. However, some blood does enter the lower part of the aorta because of a small vessel, known as the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) that connects the pulmonary artery to the descending aorta. (The patent ductus arteriosus is a feature of the fetal circulatory system that usually closes soon after birth.)
The pulmonary artery normally carries oxygen-poor blood to the lungs, so it might seem that blood entering the lower aorta from this vessel (through the PDA) would not carry enough oxygen to the lower body. However, in this case the ventricular septal defect (VSD) allows mixing of oxygen-rich blood from the left ventricle into the right ventricle, which pumps blood into the pulmonary artery.
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