Some heart birth defects can be mild, but most are serious. Some can even be life-threatening, require several surgeries, or even a heart transplant. In addition, heart birth defects can lead to additional health problems later on in life. If your child has heart birth defect symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Christos Pitarys, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursS Goldman & C Pitarys MD
New Port Richey, FL 34652
- AvMed Health
- BlueCross Blue Shield of Florida
- Citrus Health Care
- Freedom Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Physicians United Plan
- Quality Health Plans
- Tricare/Humana Military Healthcare
- United Healthcare
- Universal Health Care
- Vista Health Plan
- Community Hospital of New Port Richey
- Medical Center of Trinity
- Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
- Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Are heart birth defects serious?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
How do I know if I am getting a good referral for a heart specialist?
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answeredOne of the best ways to judge a prospective doctor’s quality is through the recommendation from another doctor. Most doctors are sincerely interested in the well-being of their patients and refer them to the doctors they believe offer the best care.
If you are asking a medical professional why he or she is recommending a doctor, listen for an answer that includes how impressive this specialist is in the field of cardiac research or surgery. Key phrases are “participated in clinical trials” and “presented papers at professional conferences.” These are extra-effort activities that earn respect among medical peers. But don’t stop there; listen for clues about this prospective doctor’s bedside manners as well as his superstar performance at last year’s medical conference. However, as Phoenix cardiologist Dr. Rebecca Allison notes, “Some doctors who don’t do research are still very good doctors.”
Don’t assume that someone is a good cardiologist or surgeon just because your primary care doctor has referred you to him. Sometimes doctors fall into referral patterns of always recommending the same doctor down the hallway or a former college roommate. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it helps if you know this piece of background information.
If you are talking with other patients or friends, a good follow-up question is, “How did you originally find this doctor?” For example, if the person found this specialist without doing her homework, or even worse, from the Yellow Pages, take this person’s diminished credibility into account.
If you are asking a medical professional, you want to hear that this person has worked closely with the recommended doctor for a number of years. If you are seeking a second opinion, the doctors may not know each other as well, so listen for clues about the prospective doctor’s reputation.
Depending on the referrer’s degree of openness and willingness to talk, you may get all the details you need by simply asking how satisfied she is. Be sure to press gently for details on the areas that need improvement. Everyone has shortcomings. Use this question to decide if you can live with this doctor’s particular deficiencies or quirks.
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While pregnant, how do I lower my baby's risk of a congenital heart defect?
Coleen Boyle, PhD, MS, Public Health, answered on behalf of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)A woman can take some important steps before and during pregnancy to help prevent congenital heart defects. She can take folic acid daily, work to get to and stay at a healthy weight, control diagnosed diabetes, and quit smoking. These actions can reduce the risk of having a baby with a congenital heart defect.
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