The Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC Opens State-of-the-art Heart Catheterization and Angiography Suite
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Angio Suite is where infants, children and teens with heart problems and congenital heart defects are diagnosed and treated
Care for life at the MUHC: from the fetus to old age
Tracy Eck was born with a communications between the two chambers of her heart. Basically, there was a hole in her heart that measured nine by 12 millimeters – the size of a marble. The athletic 17-year old says it didn’t hurt, but she would be left winded and physically exhausted after playing basketball or handball.
When little 16-month old Alexandre Charlebois was born everything seemed fine. It was only during his first check-up at one month that his pediatrician diagnosed a congenital heart defect. One of the valves of his heart was not opening properly and his other valve was working overtime to compensate. He could have died. In fact, when his mum Anne-
“The new Angio suite is great,” says Dr. Dancea, a pediatric cardiologist at The Children’s. “It allows me to be much more accurate when diagnosing and repairing heart problems such as congenital heart defects. When you consider the heart of a new born is the size of an egg, any piece of equipment that improves accuracy means better outcomes for the children of
Benjamin Silverman is a twin and was diagnosed with a complex congenital heart disease before he was even born thanks to a fetal echocardiography. He has since undergone several heart catheterizations and cardiac surgeries but now enjoys pre-school and can keep-up with his twin sister.
As a part of the MUHC, The Children’s offers its patients a unique benefit – continuity of care. Basically, our patients move seamlessly from pediatric care to adult care. In the field of congenital heart defects, the McGill Centre for Excellence in Congenital Heart Defects provides continuity of care from the fetus to old age. Once children turn 18, they ‘graduate’ from The Children’s and move to adult care at The Montreal General Hospital. The pediatric and adult cardiologists work very closely together. This collaboration and partnership will be greatly enhanced once The Children’s and its adult counterpart move to the Glen Campus and all patients with congenital heart defects are treated in one location under the same roof.
Take Darren Prentice as an example. He is 36-years old. At age seven, cardiologists at The Children’s discovered his aortic valve was abnormal. He has since undergone several cardiac catheterizations and three different procedures including open-heart surgery to fix the problem. The first two procedures were at The Children’s of the MUHC. His most recent surgery - just a couple of months ago - took place at the Montreal General Hospital of the MUHC where he is now being treated by a team of cardiologists who take care of children who at the age of 18 “graduate” from The Children’s and are transferred to an MUHC adult site.
The Children’s would like to thank the Government of Quebec for contributing $2.5-million for most of the equipment in the new $4-million Heart Catheterization and Angiography Suite and the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation and the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation for paying the balance for the equipment and renovations. “It is gratifying to know both the Ministry of Health and the community support The Children’s cardiology and cardiac surgery program,” says Dr.
Émile Jutras is 5 years old. In 2002, he spent a total of 126 days on life support at The
All of the equipment in the new Angio Suite is upgradeable and will move with The Children’s to the Glen Campus.
The Montreal Children’s Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital of the McGill University Health Centre. This institution is a leader in the care and treatment of sick infants, children, and adolescents from across
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