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A simple test to detect heart problems in babies

Categories: Children's Health  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Pregnancy

The idea was that a simple, noninvasive test could detect undiagnosed heart problems in healthy looking newborns before they leave the hospital. Dr. Alice Gong, a neonatologist at University Hospital and professor of pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio, was at the forefront of pushing for Texas hospitals to perform the test, called pulse oximetry, which measures the oxygen level in blood. A state law made the test mandatory for hospitals that deliver babies. And new study published this month in the American Journal of Perinatology confirmed the test is valuable. It looked at an early group of 11,322 babies …Read More >

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Pinpointing the source of heart disease

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

When Antonio Vargas became too weak to do the things he enjoyed, his daughter Mimi Cruz brought him in for care. Doctors at the Heart and Vascular Institute at University Health System threaded a catheter to the vessels leading to his heart and found blockage in multiple vessels. They treated him with medication until he became strong enough to undergo a second procedure to open a vessel and implant a stent. Cardiac catheterization is an important diagnostic tool in determining heart disease. Mr. Vargas’s story, one in a series of stories that make up the Real Men Wear Gowns campaign, …Read More >

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Hard to swallow?

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We all take swallowing for granted — until something happens that makes it difficult. Usually the problem isn’t serious. Maybe you’re dehydrated, or you’ve eaten too quickly. Sometimes gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, affects the esophagus. Certain medicines, allergies and illnesses also can interfere with swallowing. In rare cases, swallowing problems are caused by a serious illness such as a stroke or Parkinson disease. If the problem doesn’t clear up quickly, or if food sticks in your throat — or if swallowing causes choking or difficulty breathing — you should see your healthcare provider. You might first try eating more …Read More >

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Making a lifesaving operation even safer

Categories: Children's Health  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  rehabilitation

It is one of modern medicine’s great advances — the ability of surgeons to repair congenital heart defects in very young patients.  Over the years, both surgical techniques and technology have improved so that these very sick kids are surviving and living long, productive lives. Dr. Andrew Meyer wants to make that surgery even safer. Dr. Meyer, a pediatric critical care specialist who also is a biomedical engineer, is taking aim at a complication that can arise when some patients are hooked up to heart-lung bypass machines — the devices that make open heart surgery possible. In a small percentage …Read More >

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Strengthening mother-baby bonds in the NICU

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  NICU  /  Pregnancy  /  Research

The bond between mother and newborn is not only powerful, it’s important for the healthy development of the child, research has shown. But when a baby is born too soon or has other medical problems requiring a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, fear and uncertainty can interfere with the forming of those bonds. “We see moms looking terrified,” Umber Darilek, a registered nurse at University Hospital, told Texas Public Radio reporter Wendy Rigby. “A lot of women don’t know how to approach their babies, especially when there are tubes and lines coming out of all directions.” To try …Read More >

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    Take a tour of University Hospital's Labor & Delivery floor and learn what to expect on the Big Day! This tour is offered in English and Spanish. Additional interpretation services are available. Call 210-358-1617 to register. Expectant mothers can bring one additional adult to the tour. Take the C elevator to the 4th floor and check in with our Admissions team. Please arrive by 5:45 p.m. Allow for ample time to park.