Cardiovascular disease refers to damage in your child’s heart muscle. It is either present at birth, or caused by a build-up of fat cells that partially or completely close off your child’s arteries. These blockages cut off important blood flow to the heart, damaging its muscle.

A Holter monitor is a small, portable device that continuously records the heart’s electrical activity, called the heart rhythm. Your child wears the monitor for 24 hours or longer during regular activities such as eating, sleeping, going to school and playing.

Having your child be referred to a cardiologist can be a stressful experience. Likewise, hearing that your child does not have serious heart disease can be a great relief! However, there are some times where your child may look or feel fine, but the doctor still says that they need to come back. If the heart is healthy, why is follow up so important?

Learning that your child needs advanced heart care can be stressful, and you’ll have many questions. At Pediatric Cardiology Associates of Houston (PCAH), we’re here to provide the support your family needs.

Your child has been diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect. Will he or she require surgery? Sometimes this question has an easy answer, but in other situations it may be more complicated. Many VSD's are small and clearly significant right from the time of diagnosis. It is clear from the start that these VSD's will not require any intervention. A good portion of these small VSD's will spontaneously close over time. Conversely, some VSD's are large and clearly significant. An example of this type of VSD is what is termed a "malalignment" VSD. In this situation portions of the ventricular septum are misaligned - that is, they are like 2 pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that don't fit together and never will. For all intents and purposes these VSD's never close, are almost always large, and typically require surgery.

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