Blythedale’s commitment to the highest level of medical and rehabilitative care, and ongoing integration of the newest cardiac support technologies for medically fragile children, is evident in our Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
As more infants and children are undergoing complex cardiac surgical procedures to repair congenital conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, tetralogy of fallot, transposition of the great vessels, coarctation of the aorta, or cardiac injury due to myocarditis or traumatic injury, Blythedale is a leader in helping these fragile children optimize cardiac and functional recovery.
Blythedale’s pediatricians, intensive care physicians, pediatric pulmonologists and pediatric respiratory therapists work in concert with a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists to optimize each child’s function while monitoring cardiac status.
Blythedale has invested in the most modern respiratory and cardiac support technologies including critical care ventilators, portable ventilators, BiPAP, CPAP, bubble CPAP, high flow nasal cannula and Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD) in order to transition infants and children as quickly as possible from the Intensive Care Unit. We maintain an ongoing relationship with the child’s referring medical team, and we have regular, comprehensive communication with cardiac teams from referring institutions including follow-up visits for cardiac evaluations such as echocardiograms and cardiac catheterizations.
A Fighter With Heart
Rebecca has always been a fighter, even before birth. The 12-year-old was diagnosed in utero with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect. Throughout her life, Rebecca has endured a variety of procedures related to her diagnosis, but none prevented her from enjoying her...
Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
Malka on the Move
Eight-year-old Malka contracted an infection last spring that attacked her heart. She and her family visited a cardiologist in June, who diagnosed her with tachyarrhythmia because her heart rate was too fast.
She needed a new heart. So, to keep her alive until one could be found, doctors performed lifesaving surgery on Malka and implanted an LVAD in her chest.
Watch Malka thrive at Blythedale Children's Hospital as she strengthens her heart, body and mind in preparation for transplant surgery with the help of nursing staff, doctors, therapists and other members of her multidisciplinary team.