Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cardiology | Innovative Care from Birth to Adult

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cardiology | Innovative Care from Birth to Adult

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cardiology | Innovative Care from Birth to Adult

By Bryan Wright 0 Comment October 12, 2019


(birds crowing)>>At Hopkins we believe for even the most advanced
healthcare to succeed, you must first establish a partnership with the patient and the patient’s family. Trust and communication are essential to positive health outcomes. (gentle uptempo music) We have the spectrum of specialists, even from the fetal life on
to pediatric sub-specialists, and then to adult specialties. All within the same roof that can tap into a lot of expertise for very difficult and complex diseases.>>A lot of patients with
Congenital Heart Disease who come to see a General Cardiologist eventually may develop arrhythmias. So what you want is a team
that’s able to take care of every aspect of your cardiac needs.>>We treat all varieties
of heart rhythm disorders. Everything from the
most benign palpitations and straight forwards
arrhythmias like SVT, which are pretty common in
normal healthy children, to the most complex and life-threatening,
hereditary arrhythmias.>>We also like to take a step back, and treat the entire patient. You’re not just treating
the electrical system, you’re treating the entire patient. The entire family, really.>>We need to get the diagnosis right. Not nine out of 10 times. We need to get the diagnosis
right 100 times out of 100. We have a range of modalities, whether it’s ultrasound, or MR, or CT. We have the best equipment that there is.>>Look at the pictures at the heart here with the colors–>>People may not understand
it’s not only the pictures, but there’s tremendous information, quantitative information,
behind those pixels. It’s not just seeing a
pretty picture of the heart, it’s understanding all
that depth of information that’s behind that picture, and then using it to help figure out what’s the best thing to do for the child.>>We’re seeing more and
more premature infants born, and we have a very high
level NICU, obviously.>>Standard of practice
for a Neonatologist here is to screen for pulmonary hypertension as babies get closer to discharge. So nobody’s missed. Once we have the diagnosis
we know what to do with it. We’re looking at new techniques, ways we can look at the
function of the right heart. Together with the Echocardiography,
we can use a lab test that will help increase our diagnostic and prognostic accuracy.>>We treat many very complex
congenital heart defects that require open heart surgery in small infants and children. The surgery is generally quite successful, but requires additional
procedures as the child grows. And we can offer that
additional intervention by catheterization now. Rather than requiring
another open heart surgery.>>We have a center of excellence
for the care of children with a type of condition called a Connective Tissue Disorder. The Pediatric Cardiology
infrastructure provided a means for us to provide excellent
care for these patients. As a result, those patients
came from all over the country and all over the world for
their care at Johns Hopkins. That really provided
a research opportunity for us in Genetics. We were seeing a large population. We could start asking questions, like what gene is causing your disorder?>>Chambers, the left ventricle,
right ventricle, right–

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