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Today it's been 5 years since my son Matthew's A.V. Canal repair. I remember the nurses: Shannon, Jaime, and Patrick....They were so good with Matthew and with my husband and I.
If it wasn't for Children's Hospital and the Cardiac wing he wouldn't be here. Thank you all for what you have done for us and giving him a chance to grow in front of our eyes! Thank you Dr. Mah, Dr. Baird, and Dr. de Ferranti we owe you the world.
5 years ago today, I placed my one week old son in Dr. Emani's hands to repair his COA. I remember it like it was yesterday, and I'm thankful every day for the care we received at the Heart Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
1 year ago today Dr Baird performed open heart surgery on Cayman. It did NOT slow him down. Today his heart is as good as new and he barely even has a scar. Thank you Dr Baird and everyone on the cardiac floor at Boston Children's Hospital.
Two years ago today we were at Boston Children's Hospital and our daughter, Emily, was having an aortic stent placed. We were told it would have to be replaced by the time she turned 2 (which was last June) but its still in place and working beautifully. We thank God every day for the amazing work of Dr. Gerald Marx and Dr. James Lock.
This weekend we celebrated our beautiful daughter, Mikayla's 1st birthday and that’s thanks to the amazing surgeons and staff on the 8th floor!! Mikayla was born with a rare diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell which included several heart defects.
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Most exercise tests are non-invasive and cause little or no pain.
The incidence of serious complications resulting from an exercise test is extremely low - much less than 1 percent. Nevertheless, patients are monitored closely throughout the exercise test, and the test is ended promptly if the patient feels ill or if any concerning abnormalities are detected. In addition, medications, equipment and staff are readily available to treat any health problem that may develop during the exercise test.
The resistance to pedaling or the speed and elevation of the treadmill is gradually increased during the exercise test. Patients are usually encouraged to exercise for as long as they can. The exercise machines are adjusted, according to the patient's capabilities, so that the test usually lasts about 10-15 minutes. If the patient feels ill, or if any concerning abnormalities are detected, the test is ended promptly.
The patient is usually monitored for about 10 minutes post-exercise. Pre-exercise set-up and testing usually takes about 10 minutes. The whole procedure usually is completed in less than 45 minutes.
We have performed exercise tests on children as young as 3 years old. Some of the measurements obtained during an exercise test require a certain amount of cooperation, and cannot reliably be obtained on very young children. We have been able, however, to perform some of the more sophisticated and complicated metabolic measurements on children as young as 4 years old. In general, metabolic measurements are not performed on patients younger than 6 years old.
A preliminary report is usually generated within 15 minutes of the completion of the exercise test. A final report generally follows within 24-48 hours.
Comfortable, loose-fitting exercise clothing, such as shorts, sweatpants, T-shirts socks and sneakers.
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