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• Joseph's offers pediatric heart
One of the sweetest sounds to a parent's
ears is the first audible hearbeat of an unborn
child through the obstetrician's stethoscope.
That faint "rub-dub" is what tells Mom and
Dad-to-be, "Yes, I am really here."
But what happens when that some hole
heart-shows an abnormality in rhythm or
function? What does a parent do if a new
infant comes into the world a defect or malformation of its tiny heart?
While the majority of infants are born
with strong, healthy hearts, eight out of
every 1,000 children have heart defects pra-7)
'Sent before birth.
But the joy need not turn to fear.
tech procedures - even before birth - are
available to -correct m o a cardiac-related
According to Dr. John Messina, chief of->
Pediatric Cardiology at SL Joseph's Cnk£~
ren's Hospital in PWTUTI, an affp***1** of
The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New
1 oik, special eompoiGUt designed ior even
die tiniest of patients gives medical personnel me ability to detect problems prior to the
baby's birth. "State-of-the-art equi|»iirca,
features speaker
Disturbances in the mother's oxygen supply, infec- at next meeting
tions, drugs, smoking and nutritional deficiencies are
factors that harm the fetal heart, especially during
the first three months of pregnancy.
about the tourth week, even though a fetal
heartbeat is not detcrtfd until the tenth to
12th week. The tube twists and divides in
such a fashion as to form four chambers, valves, and other parts. Since the developing
fetus gets its oxygen from the mother's
IHUUU, me icQD encntanoB' uy uuses ~ me
lungs viaasbonvefad or duct mat links the
aorta, me main artery, and the
In the normal course of events, this duct
doses shortly after birth and the infant heart,
tangs and circulatory system begin to function on their own.
Smce the heart's development is so complex, many * cocumstances can anect its
the babies bom with congenital defects, the
specific cause of the abnormality cannot be
identified; in a small number, the defect can
be traced to a specific cause, such as die •
mother's having rubella or chromosomal
-Most mngmitaV heart defects involve
eirher an obstruction to blood flow or an
tbnpmul routing of blood through the heart
with disturbances of the heart's normal
Some congenital heart abnormalities may
be so mild that they are barely noticeable;
others may correct themselves in time. However, there arc others that are serious enough
to be life threatening or to interfere with normal growth and developmenL
bolter lltffllltOPOP nfflpS to eOSUX^ uk6 l&EnCSt defects occur with some frequency.
"Cardiac defects don't discriminate,"
level of specialized care," staled Dr.
Disturbances in the mother's oxygen
commented Dr. Messina. "We see heart
supply« i nicctKrTtti uiiwtj ^n^flfctwff &DQ
problems in children of all races, all socioAnd mis kind of care can be^ especially nutritional deficiencies are among the major
economic backgrounds, and in all environreassuring to parents as well as vital to the factors that can harm the fetal heart, espements,'' he added.
little patients.
cially during die first three months of preDiagnosing treating heart problems as
(jp The development of (be fetal heart is a gnancy when die heart is undergoing its basearly as possible is key to turning around a
very complex, process, Toe burnsD "^-II^ ic formation.
begins to develop from a single tube in about
Genetics or heredity also play arolei n ,child's life, and helping that child to have a
happy, healthy future.
the third week of pregnancy ad starts beating causing heart defects. In about 97 percent of
Dr. Sorosh Roshan. •. win discuss
"Women's Health Issues — Local.
National and International" at the Oct. 30
dinner meeting of Executive Women of
New Jersey. Dr. Roshan is a Board Certified Obstetrician and. Gynecologist, a
Fellow of the American College of
Obstetrics and Gynecology and the
American College o f Surgeons. Presently, Dr. Roshan is an Attending Physician
at Overlook Hospital in Summit
Dr. Rosban founded and is president of
die International Health Awareness'
Newtwork, which is a nan-profit organization dedicated to improving me health
and welfare o f women and children, parAs a non-governmental organization's
delegate to the United Nations since
1987, Dr. Roshan has been in the forefront of health issues affecting women
locally, nationally and intematipnaUy.
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The Prostate Center of the New Jersey, a medical service providing diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant prostate disorders as wen McnniMriingfnrpfffrTrti md their
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Louis C GakBeri, M D . , and Matthew LS. Whang. MJX, are co-medical dmxtpntefthe
center, which is a service of Physicians in Urology, P A .
Though prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, the symptoms
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Prostate problems occur primarily in men over 50 and can resajt in symptoms such as
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Non-malignant conditions of the prostate, points out Dr. Whang. MIX, which are quite
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AccordingtoGinger P. Archer, MSW, a. counselor'at the Center, "Just at the time when
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Archer, a clinical social worker, is availahle to provide intforiAni and family wMwrfmg mt
die patient's request
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Although moat *mvr*\* are arranged at the Ume of a death, a growing number of
houcfatml Individuals are pre-planning their own arrangements. Barth points out. "By preamneraL one is assured of having precisely the type of service he or she would
d avoid leaving the decWons to others who might not be familiar with the wishes
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