“When I am in the clinic it is anywhere between 10 and 20 people I see in an entire day. When I do procedures I usually do about two of those,” stated Dr. Anthony McCanta, a cardiologist at CHOC Children’s Hospital, Dr. McCanta. The number of annual open heart surgeries performed in the United States was approximately 699,000 during 2005 the American Heart Association explains.
“It makes me feel great. It’s the best feeling in the world to help people,” explains Dr. McCanta. He treats infants and children and adults whose congenital heart disease was palliated as an infant or child, choc.org points out. “Catheter procedures are much easier on patients than surgery because they involve only a needle puncture in the skin where the catheter (thin, flexible tube) is inserted into a vein or an artery,”explains pediatricct.surgery.ucsf.edu.
Patients can either be at office or in the hospital, he or she will perform a physical examination which may include checking their blood pressure, weight, heart, lungs, and blood vessels explains cardiosmart.com. Some reasons teens undergo heart surgery is unknown but heredity may be a problem according to pediatricct.surgery.ucsf.edu.
This reporter, had heart surgery on September 11, 2015. After the procedure, it was hard to talk because of the tube in my throat to help me breath. Also I wasn’t aloud to move my legs for two hours.