Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a form of heart muscle disease that occurs due to genetic problems with the structure of the heart muscle. The gene that leads to this condition can be inherited or occurs from changes in a child’s genome. The abnormal structure of the heart muscle causes it to become thick, which makes it more difficult to pump blood to the rest of the body efficiently. This extra strain can lead to the uneven development of the heart muscle and blockages of blood flow through the heart—it can even lead to fatal abnormal arrhythmias.
HCM in children often leads to chest pain, dizziness, light-headedness, and fainting, especially during physical activity. If your doctor suspects that your child may be suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, he or she may suggest a few diagnostic tests to evaluate your child’s heart function . These tests may include a chest x-ray, blood tests, a stress test to see how your child’s heart responds to exercise, the attachment of a heart catheter, or an echocardiography.
Although this condition is not completely curable, it can be managed by controlling symptoms and working to prevent complications associated with the condition. Certain medications may be indicated to help remove excess fluid from the body, easing the strain on the heart muscle. A child with an arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat) may need to take anti-arrhythmic and blood-thinning medicine to prevent the formation of blood clots. In cases when blood flow is blocked, surgery may be necessary to remove the thickened portion of the heart muscle or to repair a damaged heart valve.
Your child may be at risk for HCM if he or she has a closely related family member, such as a parent, sibling, or grandparent, who also has the disease. To find an experienced and compassionate pediatric specialist in the greater Las Vegas area, contact the staff of Sunrise Children’s Hospital by calling (702) 731-5437 today. Our facility offers one of the largest pediatric cardiac care programs in the Southwest, providing healthcare to children throughout the region.
According to research performed by the American Heart Association (AHA), today’s children may not live as long as their parents. To combat this unfortunate prediction, AHA is promoting a wide variety of engaging, innovative programs to help children and their families live healthier , more active lives. From cooking to exercise to gardening, these fun programs can help children to improve their heart health and commit to a life of good habits.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s health or how he or she can work to improve their health for the future, contact the staff of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. Our healthcare team is committed to the continued health of the children in our community.
Sunrise and Sunrise Children’s Hospital is proud to announce the completion of its new Hybrid Operating Room (OR) – the first of its kind in Southern Nevada. Heart procedures that used to be performed in two separate rooms (cardiac catheterizations and surgeries) can now be performed in one room through the Hybrid OR.
Would you like to learn more about any of the topics explored in our recent blogs? Visit the websites below or feel free to contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. We are happy to answer your questions.
- These articles from the American Academy of Family Physicians provide some helpful information about pregnancy and fetal health .
- Read more about high blood pressure during pregnancy from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics provides answers to some questions about children’s illnesses on their website.
- Ear infections are much more common in children than in adults. This article from the National Institutes of Health provides more information on ear infections in children.
- Asthma and allergies are the two most common chronic illnesses found in the children of the United States. Learn more about these illnesses from HealthyChildren.org.
- You can read an overview of asthma and how it relates to allergies from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology website.
- This article from WebMD.com provides a comprehensive overview of juvenile diabetes and its causes.
- The American Diabetes Association has compiled some information to help parents and their children with a diabetes diagnosis.
- You can read some diet tips to help prevent pediatric hypoglycemia from this article on the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation website.
- Learn more about asthma and how it can affect your child from the American Lung Association .
Sunrise Hospital is excited to introduce its new Surgical Weight Loss Program. The program brings together the expertise and compassion of our experienced physicians and staff with the outstanding capabilities of Sunrise to offer a life-changing procedure.
To help introduce our new Bariatric Surgery Program, we are offering a series of community education programs on weight-loss surgery. Through these free sessions, you can learn more about:
• Bariatric Surgery options
• Who is an appropriate candidate for surgery
• What is involved in the surgery and recovery process
Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Dave Macintyre, will present the program. He is triple fellowship trained in bariatric surgery, trauma surgery and surgical critical care and is a member of the acute care surgery team at Sunrise Hospital.
The program will be offered at two different dates and times. The content for each program is identical, so choose the program that is more convenient for you to attend.
Thursday, March 1
Saturday, March 3
Sunrise Hospital Auditorium
3186 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
To register, call (702) 233-5454.
Take an hour to learn more about the Bariatric Surgery Program at Sunrise Hospital. You could change your future.
When a woman becomes pregnant, there are certain steps she can take to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and prevent complications. She can exercise regularly, have a good, balanced diet, and refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco—all of these things are proven to help reduce chronic illness in a growing child. Unfortunately, some women can have high-risk pregnancies despite living an otherwise healthy lifestyle. The factors that cause a high-risk pregnancy can be present before a woman becomes pregnant or they can develop as the baby does, even if the mother was previously healthy. Read on to learn more about the types of high-risk pregnancies.
- Pre-eclampsia , also known as pregnancy-induced hypertension , occurs when a woman’s blood pressure increases and large amounts of protein appear in her urine. This condition occurs in 5%-8% of pregnancies, typically during the second half of the gestation period. The cause of pre-eclampsia is unknown. While most women who experience this condition deliver healthy babies, if severe pre-eclampsia is left untreated, it can be fatal to the mother and child.
- Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes mellitus that occurs only when a woman is pregnant. Like the other forms of this disease, insulin resistance prevents the mother’s cells from taking up glucose. The extra glucose in the mother’s blood passes to the baby, which can cause problems for both mother and child.
- Preterm labor occurs when the mother experiences signs of labor and the baby is not fully developed and may be unable to live outside the mother. There is no way to predict who will experience preterm labor, but there are certain factors that can put a woman more at risk.
- HIV and AIDS damage a woman’s immune system, severely suppressing her ability to fight infection. A mother can transmit this virus to her baby during or after her pregnancy, but there are ways to prevent this from occurring.
If you live in Nevada and are looking for high-quality care for you and your child, consider Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We provide a wide array of services to make your pregnancy and childbirth a peaceful and memorable experience. To learn more about having your baby at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, please contact us at (702) 731-5437.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital was very excited to host eight members of the Denver Broncos football team!
Tim Tebow and his offensive line visited patients, family members and visitors on the pediatric, pediatric intensive care, pediatric oncology and neonatal intensive care units. Thanks to the team for spending so much time and encouraging our patients and their loved ones.