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Oct 16, 2016 · #AsktheMayoMom about Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects in Heart & Blood Health

Our daughter is 7 months old, has severe displacement of the tricuspid valve with severe regurgitation and an ASD which had reduced in size since she was born. She has no symptoms of her condition (so far) and is not on any medication. Our cardiologists believe that waiting to see what happens is the best option, and would prefer her to be in her teens before they operate – so at the moment there is no surgical plan. They can perform the cone, however the youngest patient they have performed the operation on is 9 years old – they have said it is too technical an operation to be completed on very young children.

We are concerned that their ability to operate is a factor on their surgical plan. I’d like to understand:
– what are the factors Dr Dearani uses to determine if/when surgery should be performed on a patient
– the questions patients/parents should be asking of their cardiologist to get the best understanding of their specific circumstances/condition.

Thanks so much x