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|Health & Wellness|
Heart Device Improves Quality of Life
Texas Children’s Hospital is the nation’s first pediatric hospital to discharge a child while on an intracorporeal ventricular assist device (VAD), a feat previously accomplished only at adult institutions.
De Santiago was flown to Texas Children's Hospital in May after having suffered a temporary stroke. He was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which his heart was enlarged to more than twice its normal size and could not pump blood efficiently.
“The device has improved his heart health and has allowed him to enjoy physical activity during the wait for a donor heart,” said Dr. Jeffrey Dreyer, medical director of cardiac transplantation at Texas Children’s.
photo credit: Paul Kuntz, Texas Children’s Hospital
Extending Treatment Window
Stroke researchers at the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston are the only ones in Texas to offer a novel device that might extend the acute stroke treatment window from three hours to 24.