Albany Med’s pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and congenital heart program provides some of the most advanced surgical procedures for the treatment of the entire spectrum of congenital and acquired heart diseases. Additionally, a full range of diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations are available for newborns, infants, children, adolescents, and adults with congenital heart disease.
Albany Med treats high-risk patients with rare and difficult conditions who may be turned away from other institutions, along with common heart conditions. With a team specifically dedicated to treating children with heart conditions, Albany Med offers:
Albany Medical Center provides the latest advanced diagnostic imaging services for the evaluation of congenital heart disease. Our experienced staff utilizes cutting-edge techniques to achieve the highest levels of accuracy and precision in diagnosis and treatment.
Our congenital heart patients have access to a full range of imaging procedures. This includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which produces very detailed images and allows the ability to measure blood flows and cardiac function. Our patients also have access to nuclear medicine, which utilizes minute amounts of radioactive tracer to accurately measure heart muscle function and blood flow in various chambers and vessels.
Skilled specialists provide anesthesia services tailored to children with congenital heart disease. Prior to surgery, a patient's health is carefully evaluated for any coexisting medical conditions that may lead to further complications. Appropriate techniques and strategies are used to ensure a smooth and safe anesthetic. During and after the surgery, our experienced pediatric anesthetists help manage pain and sedation and are available to provide consultation with critical care and respiratory colleagues as needed.
Early detection starts with a fetal echocardiogram - a sonogram performed on the fetal heart and vascular system and enables children with congenital heart disease to achieve the best long-term outcomes for their condition. This safe, non-invasive procedure analyzes the fetal heart for congenital heart abnormalities, fetal dysrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. This test allows us to identify critical heart lesions that require specialized planning and treatment prior to and at delivery of the child.
Our cardiologists and patient care team keep families informed, discussing the risks of having a baby with a heart problem and explaining the purposes and limitations of the fetal echocardiogram. Families also receive detailed information about the diagnosis and treatment of any identified heart problem, and they are oriented to the hospital environment. Referring physicians always receive an immediate response to referral requests and prompt study results. Study results include a detailed report of the fetal heart, including structure, function and rhythm. We also collaborate with the primary obstetrical caregivers in the coordination of prenatal, delivery and postnatal management, as well as organize medical and surgical management of the neonate.