Michael H. Gewitz, MD and Chief of CWPW Cardiology, www.cwpw.org explains the growing field of Pediatric Interventional Cardiology that allows physicians to treat cardiac disorders less invasively but still with outstanding results. “It’
In most cases Interventional Cardiology treatment is performed on an outpatient basis; occasionally a one-night stay in the hospital is necessary. “This has allowed for significant improvement in patient quality outcomes, satisfaction and ease on the family,” Dr. Gewitz says. CWPW has 13 cardiologists on staff, with three among them experienced in the new field. Newborns as well as older patients are eligible for interventional procedures. CWPW cardiologists recently saved a young child’s life using the new procedure. “It’
Parents who might believe their child has a heart condition should consult with their regular pediatrician, who can make a referral to the pediatric cardiology experts at CWPW. Symptoms can occur from infancy and can include growth delay, feeding problems, and complexion issues such as pallor or a blue-ish color to the extremities (“cyanosis”)
CWPW performed upwards of 200 pediatric cardiovascular procedures last year, including the minimally invasive treatments. “It’
In addition, thanks to interventional cardiology, Dr. Gewitz points out that now adults too, who suffer from later stages of the consequences of congenital heart disease are being diagnosed and treated with minimally invasive procedures.
“These are exciting times in the care of children and adults with congenital heart disease,” Dr. Gewitz says. “Interventional Cardiology has taken the pediatric cardiac field many steps further along to the great benefit of patients of all ages and their families.”
In addition to CWPW, Dr. Gewitz is Executive Director/ Physician in Chief, Maria Ferrari’s Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at New York Medical College.
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Children's & Women's Physicians of Westchester is one of the largest pediatric practices in the nation comprised of dedicated doctors and health professionals committed to providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care to women, infants, children and adolescents. The practice is located throughout the greater New York Metropolitan area, extending from New York City, throughout the Hudson Valley, including Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange Counties as well as in Southern Connecticut. For information on our medical specialties and office locations visit our website at www.cwpw.org.