Christos Pitarys, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursS Goldman & C Pitarys MD
New Port Richey, FL 34652
- AvMed Health Plan
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- Quality Health Plans
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- Medical Center of Trinity
- Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
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How long do repairs to congenital heart disease defects last?
Scripps Health answeredWhile many adolescent and adult patients with repaired heart defects caused by congenital heart disease can and do live rather normal lives, a significant number of these repairs may not last forever. Beginning about 10 years after these patients have their defects fixed, their risk for serious heart-related problems starts to increase.
What increases my risk for congenital heart disease?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Although the causes are not known, genetics, other medical conditions, and drugs can all increase your risk of having a baby with congenital heart disease. If you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions, your baby might be at risk for congenital heart disease.
- Do you have congenital heart disease?
- Do you have other children who have congenital heart disease?
- Were you diagnosed with rubella (German measles) while pregnant?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Did you drink, smoke or take prescription medications such as lithium (Eskalith) or isotreninoin (Accutane) while pregnant?
Why may my child need a heart catheterization for congenital heart defects?
Healthwise answeredAs a test - A heart catheterization can be used to:
- See details of the heart structure.
- Measure pressures in the heart chambers and see how the blood is flowing through the heart.
- Collect samples of blood from inside the heart.
- Inject a dye into the heart or arteries to see whether there are abnormal blockages in the blood vessels or abnormalities of the heart chambers (such as defects or holes between chambers).
- Septostomy. For a septostomy, an opening is made in the wall of the heart between the upper chambers to allow blood to mix between the heart chambers. This procedure is typically used to treat transposition of the great vessels, tricuspid atresia and hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It does not correct the congenital heart defect but allows oxygen-rich blood to get out to the body until surgery can be done to correct the defect.
- Closing a defect. A doctor uses the catheter to insert a small closure device into the heart. This device prevents blood from flowing between chambers. This procedure might be done to treat an atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, or patent ductus arteriosus.
- Balloon valvuloplasty. A doctor uses the catheter to move a tiny balloon to the heart valve. The doctor then inflates the balloon to widen the valve. The balloon separates and stretches the valve opening. This allows blood to flow more easily through the heart. This procedure can be used to treat pulmonary valve stenosis and aortic valve stenosis.
- Balloon angioplasty. A doctor uses the catheter to move a tiny balloon into a blood vessel. The balloon is inflated to widen the vessel. This procedure can be used to treat narrowed blood vessels in the lungs or coarctation of the aorta.
- Stents. A doctor can use the catheter to place a small, expandable tube (stent) in an artery. The stent keeps the artery open. Stents might be placed in arteries outside the heart, such as the pulmonary arteries or the aorta.
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