St. Mary's Providing the Area's First Pediatric Cardiology Services
St. Mary's and Ohio Valley HeartCare began providing the area's first pediatric cardiology services more than 20 years ago. We are proud to offer a wide variety of pediatric cardiac services including:
- Pediatric cardiology consultation
- Pediatric echocardiography
- Prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects
- Diagnosis of fetal & pediatric arrhythmias
- Continued outpatient follow up and management for both pediatric and adult congenital heart disease
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
PDA is a congenital heart problem that is identified soon after birth. Before birth, the aorta and the pulmonary artery are normally connected by a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus. After birth, this vessel is supposed to close within a few days.
In some infants, especially those born prematurely, the ductus arteriosus remains open. This can put a strain on the heart and increase the blood pressure in the lungs.
At St. Mary's, surgical closure of the PDA is performed in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. There is no need for a helicopter ride out of town or even a trip to the operating room. The procedure usually takes less than one hour and the infant recovers on the same bed on which the surgery was performed.
Ohio Valley HeartCare is the only physician group in this area with the expertise to do fetal echocardiograms. A board registered clinician is available to check expectant mothers for abnormalities in the heart of their unborn child. This gives parents advance notice if a cardiovascular intervention is needed immediately after birth. It also allows for advance planning in keeping families together and enables them to get the support and counseling needed during an emotionally difficult time.