If your child needs treatment for a congenital heart defect, do some research. He or she may be safer at a hospital that performs heart procedures frequently.
Many patients understandably are worried about undergoing a high-risk or second surgery. But if you are in the right kind of hospital, you are in good hands.
The goal is to plan the best surgery for each person. It should be based on each person’s individual case and health history.
Our research confirms what we have observed in our patients: BITA grafting and complete restoration in blood flow improve surgical outcomes for our heart patients who also have diabetes.
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