Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
A Resource for Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
The smallest patients require the most compassionate care. Our team of interventional paediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are supported by physicians, intensivists, nurses, and anaesthesiologists. Together they provide children with the most effective, highest quality cardiovascular care in the world. We can determine if heart murmurs, chest pain, dizzy spells, palpitations, or other symptoms indicate a potential congenital or acquired heart problem. Whenever possible, our surgical team chooses minimally invasive procedures. In the event that a more invasive approach is required, our team uses clinically advanced best practices to reduce risk and prevent infection. We realize this is a highly stressful time for parents. Our clinical team communicates with family members regularly to keep them up-to-date on the status of their child.
Health City Cayman Islands has earned distinction in paediatric cardiovascular cathlab interventions and the care of complex cardiac conditions. We have achieved levels of excellence in paediatric cardiac interventions and surgery with cardiologists and surgeons who have performed more than 1,000 diagnostic catheterization procedures for the evaluation of simple and complex congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.
A sample of the minimally invasive cathlab procedures we perform include:
- Device closure of the atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, and PDA
- Balloon valvuloplasties for pulmonary and aortic valve stenosis
- Stenting for coarctation of aorta and pulmonary artery stenosis
- Embolization of collaterals
- Additional complex surgeries
Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are the most common type of birth defect, accounting for nearly one-third of all major congenital anomalies. In an article published in the November 2011 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the authors cited a worldwide study population of 24,091,867 live births, with CHD identified in 164,396 individuals.
A defect results when the heart or blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally in utero. There are many types of congenital heart defects, but the most common one occurs when the muscular wall (septum) separating the bottom chambers of the heart (right and left ventricles) doesn't fully form – in lay terms this is referred to as a hole in the heart.
A sampling of the congenital heart defects we treat at Health City Cayman Islands include: