Heart defects in kids can be detected, treated early

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    Some cardiac problems are preventable, others cannot be prevented. Non-preventable factors are hereditary and birth defects. Leading paediatric cardiologist RAK Hospital Dr S. Radhakrishnan says the process starts at marriage.

    First, choose a partner who does not have a similar health history as your own. If both have diabetes, blood pressure etc. there are more chances of the offspring getting the same. After that early detection is the key through foetal echocardiographs. Heart problems can be detected while the fetous is still in the womb and when the baby is born the defect can be managed, otherwise the problem will only be detected after six months.

    Studies show the incidence of congenital anomalies in the UAE local societies as alarmingly high and such defects contribute heavily to infant morbidity and mortality. A study by a UAE medical college hospital of the 1,222 consecutive live births from December 2007 to June 2008 showed the rate of anomalous births as 68.7 per 1,000 live births or 6.9%.

    Dr Radhakrishnanhas more than 32 years of experience in the field of Paediatric Cardiology. He started the procedure of Balloon dilation of the Atrial Septum and Mitral Balloon Valvuloplasty for the first time in the world at AIIMS, New Delhi. Which in layman terms means that a balloon was dilated in the artery which opened up the block. This was done in adults, but was tried successfully in children by Dr. Radhakrishnan.

    ‘‘Congenital defects are often diagnosed in infancy and sometimes before birth. But some defects are harder to spot than others and may not be diagnosed until much later in childhood or even adulthood,” he says

    Dr. Radhakrishnan visits RAK Hospital once a month. Patients can meet him on the 24th and 25th of August 2013. RAK Hospital has partnered with Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and as a result, doctors of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute will make multiple visits to RAK to make sure that expert medical help is available where needed.

    By (Staff Reporter)
    Khaleej Times

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