In recent years, the incidence of heart problems in children and young people has been increasing. Heart disease in children can be congenital, as well as develop later under the influence of various factors. Diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of fetal, infant, child and adolescent heart diseases starting from the heart of the baby in the womb until the end of 18 years are very important.
In IstHealth pediatric cardiology departments; detection of heart problems in the womb, congenital heart diseases, diseases observed in later periods, such as heart rheumatism, and diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases that occur in childhood are carried out with experienced staff and modern technologies.
Echocardiographic evaluation can be performed in patients whose electrocardiographs are taken and whose examinations are performed in the Department. In the Department of Pediatric Cardiology, rhythm holter, 24-hour blood pressure analysis and exertion testing can be performed.
Heart disease is common in children today. For this reason, every child should have a heart check once a year. Causes of congenital heart disease may include the fact that the mother has had some infections during pregnancy and the use of certain medications, the mother has systemic diseases. Babies in the womb exposed to toxins such as alcohol, cigarettes and drugs are at greater risk for heart problems. Childhood age group is between 0-18 years old and heart problems can occur in every age group. Congenital heart diseases are more prominent in newborn babies. For this reason, children should have regular heart checks.
Symptoms of child heart disease include murmur heard on stethoscope examination, bruising, inability to gain weight, lack of development, frequent breathing, swelling of the eyelids, frequent respiratory infection, chest pain, inability to tolerate movements. In most of the congenital heart diseases in children, there is no need for treatment, while the child is monitored by a cardiologist with a clinical examination, ECG and echo, the development of the child during the natural course of the disease is not affected at all, in most of them, the duration and quality of life are like normal children. But interventional methods can be applied in some diseases. It is important for heart health that parents regularly follow up their babies after birth. When a pediatrician notices symptoms, he or she refers the patient to a pediatrician.