Ongoing care of heart conditionsOOngoing care of heart conditionsOngoing care of heart conditionsEnglishCardiologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)HeartCardiovascular systemHealthy living and preventionPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZPatrick McNamara, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPC11.000000000000048.0000000000000660.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about ongoing care for heart problems that your premature baby may be at risk for. Medications, cardiologists, and evaluations are discussed.</p><p>Most graduates of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with heart conditions will be in the recovery phase, while others might be awaiting surgery. Usually, any heart complications have been resolved, at least temporarily, by the time a premature baby has gone home. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>If a baby's heart is weakened in any way it can affect the development of movement and other activities as the lungs often become congested.</li> <li>Your baby may be sent home with heart medications to help their heart and other parts of the body function better.</li> <li>The type of condition and the success of the treatment will determine the level of follow-up care your baby will require in the future.</li></ul>
Soins continus des cardiopathiesSSoins continus des cardiopathiesOngoing care of heart conditionsFrenchCardiologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)HeartCardiovascular systemHealthy living and preventionPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZPatrick McNamara, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPC11.000000000000048.0000000000000660.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Lisez au sujet des soins continus des troubles cardiaques à risque pour votre bébé. Les médicaments, les cardiologues, et les évaluations sont présentés.</p><p>La majorité des bébés ayant été à l’unité néonatale des soins intensifs (UNSI) atteints de cardiopathies seront en phase de convalescence, alors que d'autres peuvent être en attente d'une opération. Habituellement, toute complication cardiaque a été résolue, au moins temporairement, au moment où le bébé prématuré part pour le domicile familial.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Si le cœur du bébé est affaibli d’une quelconque façon, il est probable que le développement du mouvement et d’autres activités soit affecté puisque les poumons deviennent souvent congestionnés. </li> <li>Votre bébé pourrait obtenir son congé de l’hôpital accompagné de médicaments cardiaques afin d’aider son cœur et d’autres parties du corps à mieux fonctionner.</li> <li>Le type de maladie et le succès du traitement détermineront le niveau de suivi dont votre bébé aura besoin à l’avenir.</li></ul>

 

 

Ongoing care of heart conditions1863.00000000000Ongoing care of heart conditionsOngoing care of heart conditionsOEnglishCardiologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)HeartCardiovascular systemHealthy living and preventionPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZPatrick McNamara, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPC11.000000000000048.0000000000000660.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about ongoing care for heart problems that your premature baby may be at risk for. Medications, cardiologists, and evaluations are discussed.</p><p>Most graduates of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with heart conditions will be in the recovery phase, while others might be awaiting surgery. Usually, any heart complications have been resolved, at least temporarily, by the time a premature baby has gone home. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>If a baby's heart is weakened in any way it can affect the development of movement and other activities as the lungs often become congested.</li> <li>Your baby may be sent home with heart medications to help their heart and other parts of the body function better.</li> <li>The type of condition and the success of the treatment will determine the level of follow-up care your baby will require in the future.</li></ul><h2>Medications for premature babies with heart conditions</h2> <p>If a baby’s heart is weakened in any way, it is likely that development of movement and other activities will be affected as the lungs often become congested. Many babies go home on medications to help the heart pump better, for example, <a href="/Article?contentid=89&language=English">captopril​</a>, a drug sometimes referred to as an ACE inhibitor. Other medications called diuretics, such as furosemide, may be given to help the baby to urinate more often. Diuretics can help clear congestion in the lung. For a baby with a heart condition, feeding may be the equivalent of sprinting. It is normal for these babies not to feed as well as full-term babies and babies who do not have a heart condition. </p> <p>The specifics of your baby’s heart condition may require specialized ongoing care.</p> <h3>Medications after surgery</h3> <p>Your baby may need medications after surgery. Here are some points to keep in mind:</p> <ul> <li>Get the drugs before you go home. You can get them from the hospital pharmacy or any pharmacy recommended by the treatment team. Your local pharmacy may not have all these medications in stock. It could take several days to order them. </li> <li>Make friends with your local pharmacist. They can tell you about the services they offer, and whether they can make drugs for filling future prescriptions. Some medicines are specially made for babies. </li> <li>Find out if your insurance plan will cover the cost of medicines. Some plans through work will cover these costs. If you don’t have insurance, the treatment team may help you find out about drug plans. Register as soon as possible. You might not get your money back if you buy medicines before registering. </li></ul> <h2>Seeing a cardiologist</h2> <p>Depending on their condition, it is possible that your baby will need to have regular follow-ups for the rest of their life. How involved the care needs to be depends on the type of condition they have and how successful treatment was. It's important to have your baby regularly monitored, even if treatment was very successful and your baby is feeling healthy, because the heart can change over time. Also, because treatment for paediatric heart conditions is still fairly new, doctors need to keep a close eye on the potential long-term effects. </p> <h3>How often will your baby need to be evaluated?</h3> <p>If it was a simple condition and treatment was effective, your baby may just need infrequent visits to a cardiologist, either the one who initially provided treatment or a cardiologist in your community. Your baby’s cardiologist will be able to tell you what to expect. A more high-risk defect will need more regular visits to the cardiologist. </p> <h3>Should your baby still see a family doctor?</h3> <p>Yes, your baby should continue to see your family doctor or paediatrician for typical ailments and to ensure overall health by way of regular check-ups. It's important to follow a proper care routine and see the doctor regularly. Be sure the doctor knows the details of your baby’s heart condition. </p> <p>During this time, your baby will likely still continue to regularly see the cardiologist or, if older, a cardiologist who specializes in adults with congenital heart disease. </p> <h4>More information</h4> <ul> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=469&language=English">Heart Conditions </a></li> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=1800&language=English">Diagnosis of Heart Conditions </a></li> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=1648&language=English">Treatment of Heart Conditions</a> </li></ul>Ongoing care of heart conditions

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