Shahed Quraishi -
Heart disease doesn't just happen to adults. Happily, most children begin life healthyand stay that way. But 8 in 1,000 children are born with heart problems, and others may develop or acquire heart disease later in life.
The good news is that constantly improving technology is leading to better diagnoses that can save many children and their parents from potential heartbreak. Using state-of-the-art technology that often doesn't require surgery has made Staten Island University Hospital's Pediatric Cardiology Program a forerunner in the treatment of children with heart problems.
This safe, non-invasive method of testing has almost completely replaced diagnostic cardiac catheterizations in children of all ages. Babies who are at risk before birth can be diagnosed with this method by uncovering conditions early on in pregnancy and monitoring the baby's heart throughout the pregnancy.
Learning of a potential problem before birth can help doctors plan on prompt and optimal treatment after the child has been born.
Today, one in every five pregnancies is high risk, creating a need for detecting a cardiac abnormality in the womb. James Ducey, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology's Divisional Director for Obstetrics and Maternal/Fetal Medicine, along with Dr. Quraishi, completes a team who use fetal echocardiography and cardiopulmonary testing in utero, giving unborn babies the benefit of early diagnosis.
Occasionally, a more serious situation arises and a child requires open heart surgery to correct a congenital defect. Our affiliation with Cohen Children's Hospital assures parents that their child will benefit from the professional expertise of two of the finest hospitals in the country. Patients receive treatment at SIUH and travel by special pediatric transport to Cohen Children's Hospital, where a team of expert surgeons in the field of Pediatric Open Heart Surgery will perform the operation led by Dr. Vincent Parnell, Surgeon-in-Chief. After a brief recovery in Cohen Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the child may return home to Staten Island University Hospital's special Pediatric ICU, where Dr. Quraishi and his specially trained staff will carefully monitor the remainder of the child's recovery.
will be available for consultations on the in-patient Pediatric Units at Staten Island University Hospital and at the Children's Subspecialty Center, 584 Forest Avenue, Staten Island NY10310 and at 501 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305.
For an appointment please call:
Physicians of University Hospital Children's Subspecialty Center (718) 226-5619
2454-2460 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island NY (near New Dorp Lane)
501 Seaview Avenue (718)663-6400, Fax (718) 226-7891