15. Dr. Jeffrey Vergales-A Pediatric Cardiologists Talks About Caring For Children With Single Ventricle Hearts In Between The Blalock -Taussig Shunt Surgery and the Glenn Procedure.

In this episode, Dr. Vergales, who is a pediatric cardiologist, talks about many different aspects of caring for children with a single ventricle heart.

In addition, he goes into great depth about caring for children with single ventricle hearts in between the Blalock-Taussig Shunt Surgery and the Glenn Procedure.

In this interview, he discusses:

-Why he became a pediatric cardiologist.

-Vital warning signs that parents need to be aware of in between the first and second heart surgery.

-The biggest rewards and challenges in caring for children with CHD.

-Also, he explains why obgyns have a more challenging time caring for babies in utero with congenital heart disease.

-In addition, he talks about how congenital hearts defect occurs while the baby is forming in the womb.

-Moreover, he reveals new technology that is going to help parents and doctors care for children who have congenital heart disease.

-The future of congenital heart disease in the next ten years.

-How the first few years of life are often the most important for long-term development.

-Why it is important to try to work with the heart the baby was born with versus a heart transplant.

-When should a parent call their local pediatrician versus the pediatric cardiologist when they have concerns for their child.

-How hospital are collaborating across the country on pediatric congenital heart disease studies.

-Finding balance in caring for your child in between the first two heart surgeries.

-Plus, much more.

Join us for this episode.


Here are some of the symptoms that parents should watch for in between the Blalock -Tausig Shunt Surgery and the Glen Procedure. 

  • Not Gaining Weight
  • Lower Oxygen Levels
  • Fussiness
  • Irritability 
  • Not Tolerating Feeds
  • Too Much Vomiting
  • Other abnormal behaviors of the child

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1 Comment

  • Laura

    Reply Reply October 19, 2016

    My grandson has Heterotaxy, with mal-rotation… He’s 3 years old and has had 2 open heart surgeries so far. He is an amazing little boy, smart as a whip too!he has the GREATEST Cardiologist at Boston chidrens hospital.(Dr. Marx) Years ago, I watched the movie”Something the lord made” I was very inspired by this movie, and cardiology has become a passion of mine.

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