I so wish eating carrots and apples were all it took to keep your special heart healthy, buddy.
I wish you didn't have to take medicine every day and I wish you didn't have to have another heart surgery, but I continue to hold out so much hope for your future. There are people out there like Dr. Martin Bocks, a pediatric cardiologist from the University of Michigan, people who are giving us heart moms and dads hope.
This implant device, shaped a bit like a mushroom, is only 2 or 3 millimeters wide but can give cardiologists powerful information in real-world scenarios. The information in a cath lab is good, but it's obviously a very artificial environment, with the kids under anesthesia. With this pressure sensor device implanted, doctors will be able to read blood pressure levels within a heart chamber as the kids are at rest or at play while they are in the clinic.
If your child has ever been under anesthesia, you know how big this is!
Dr. Bocks says this about the device (which he hopes to see in market by 2013):
“We expect the device to decrease the number of heart catheterizations, help doctors better monitor the effects of medications, and provide early detection for conditions such as blood clots in lungs.”In an interview with the Holland Sentinel, Dr. Bocks explains how this device could be used to benefit heart kids:
“We also hope that it will help us conduct more research,” he adds. “We’ll be able to obtain information from patients when they are sleeping, or exercising – information we had not been able to get to before.”
"What will this cardiac implant allow you to do now with your patients?It's National Heart Month. Let's all keep eating our apples and carrots and supporting those like Dr. Bocks who are bringing hope to heart kids!
The patient comes in and they’re not doing well, their activity level is low; they can’t do much without getting short of breath. Let’s say you want to start a new medication on this patient. Now what you can do is start a medication and follow the pressure in the heart chamber much better. Now we have the opportunity to say ‘OK, he started medicine let’s see daily for a month what happens.’"