Interventional Cardiology for Preterm Infants
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital offers lifesaving interventional cardiology treatments for preterm infants, including micropreemies.
What is Considered Preterm?
Life-saving Minimally Invasive Procedure
About 60,000 premature babies in the U.S. are born each year with a very low birth weight. Nearly 12,000, or one in five, have a vessel remain open in their hearts called patient ductus arteriosus (PDA) – which can be potentially life-threatening. The PDA can allow large amounts of blood to continually recirculate to the lungs, delaying development of immature lungs, and increasing the work of the heart.
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Heart Institute is the first hospital south of Orlando to treat patients with this congenital heart defect using Abbott’s Amplatzer Piccolo™ Occluder, a device smaller than a pea. The Piccolo device is the first and only minimally invasive, transcatheter treatment specifically FDA-approved for premature babies.
Advantages of transcatheter PDA closure in extremely low birth weight newborns include immediate PDA closure, especially when medications fail to work. Further, transcatheter PDA closure is less invasive than surgery.
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