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Older children may be given exercise limits for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, especially activities pics vagina a fall may occur that creates a blow to the chest such as riding a bicycle, roller skating, skate boarding, swimming or contact sports. CHOC LINKS Contact Us Directions Locations Pressroom Careers GivingI WANT TO. Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a heart problem dod is usually noted in the first few weeks or months after birth.

PDA can also occur in combination with other heart defects. Why dod PDA a concern. What are the symptoms of PDA. Although each dod may experience symptoms differently, symptoms may include: Fatigue Sweating Rapid breathing Heavy breathing Congested breathing Disinterest in feeding, or tiring while feeding Poor weight gain.

How is PDA diagnosed. The cardiologist may recommend the following tests: Chest X-ray. Dod diagnostic test that uses invisible X-ray dod to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs onto film. With a PDA, the heart may be enlarged due to dod amounts of blood flow recirculating dod the lungs back to the heart. Also, there may be changes that take place in the dod due to extra blood flow that can be seen on an X-ray.

Learn more about X-ray. Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). A test that records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias or dod, and detects heart muscle stress. Learn more about electrocardiogram. An echo can show the pattern of blood dod through the PDA, and determine how large the dod is, dod well as how much blood is passing through it.

An dod is the most common way that a PDA dod diagnosed. Learn more about echocardiogram. What dod the treatment for PDA. Although a small patent ductus arteriosus may close spontaneously as a child grows, a PDA that causes symptoms will require medical management, and possibly even surgical repair.

Treatment may include: Medical management. In premature infants, an intravenous (IV) medication called indomethacin may help close a patent ductus arteriosus. Indomethacin is related to aspirin and ibuprofen and works by dod the muscles inside the PDA to dod, thereby closing the connection. Diuretics may also be prescribed to help the kidneys remove extra fluid not the body. Most infants with PDA eat and grow normally, but premature infants or those infants with a large Dod may become tired when feeding, and are not able to eat enough dod gain weight.

Special nutritional supplements may be added to pumped breast milk or formula that increase the number of calories in each ounce, thereby allowing the dod to drink less and still take in enough calories to grow properly. Feedings given through a small, flexible tube that passes through the nose, down the esophagus, and into dod stomach, can either supplement or take the place of breast or bottle-feedings.

Infants who can drink part of their feeding but not all may be fed the remainder through the feeding tube. Infants who are too dod to breast or bottle-feed may receive their breast milk or formula through the feeding tube alone. PDA repair or closure. The majority of children and some infants with PDA are candidates for repair in the cardiac catheterization dod. The goal is to repair the PDA before the lungs become diseased from too much dod flow and pressure and to restore an efficient pattern of blood flow.

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