SAVING YOUNG HEARTS FROM CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a problem involving the structure of the heart that is present at birth. It is the most common type of birth defect, and can involve the walls and valves of the heart, and arteries and veins near the heart.
The most common problems involve holes that did not close, or valves that did not open or are defective. These can disrupt the normal flow of blood through the heart, causing it to flow ineffectively, go in the wrong direction, or be blocked completely.
Globally, CHD is the most common birth defect, affecting roughly six to eight out of 1,000 births.
In the Philippines, an estimated 20,000 babies are born with CHD every year. Roughly eight in 1,000 Filipino newborns will be born with CHD, and two will need surgery or catheterbased intervention within the first year of life.
“We have really been able to push the boundaries of catheter procedures for pediatric heartpatients in the last 10 years,” said Dr. Dexter Cheng, pediatric interventional cardiologist at De Los Santos Medical Center (DLSMC).
At DLSMC, a subsidiary of Manuel V. Pangilinan’s MVP Group of Companies under the Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. banner, the hospital’s stateof-the-art Catheterization Laboratory Unit provides the latest technology and expert pediatric interventional cardiologists for patients suffering from congenital heart defects.
In the Philippines, there are only about 100 pediatric cardiologists and only 13 pediatric interventional cardiologists, resulting in long waiting periods.
At the DLSMC Cath Lab, pediatric heart patients are seen by an expert pediatric interventional cardiologist utilizing the latest cath lab technology, with the capability of two to three cath lab procedures a day.
The cost packages are comparable with public hospitals, but with private hospital conveniences.
“This proves that quality healthcare doesn’t have to be expensive,” Dr. Cheng explained. De Los Santos Medical Center, tel. 8935763 ext. 3190