America’s youngest Impella patient
In spring 2018 Adolfo Ledesma became the youngest U.S. patient to be implanted with an Impella pump. A UC Davis Health surgeon deployed the leading-edge technology to boost the 10-year-old’s long-term recovery following his immediate treatment for tachycardia linked to a cold virus.
PDA closures without surgery for tiny preemies
Sacramento families now have an alternative to surgery for patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a condition that affects 20 to 60 percent of all preemies. Frank Ing, our new chief of pediatric cardiology, has introduced capabilities to perform PDA closure in the cardiac catheterization lab for preemies as small as 600 grams. The approach reduces risks and only requires general anesthetic.
IAC Echocardiography Reaccreditation for heart center
Our Pediatric Heart Center’s Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory remains the regions only to hold accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal echocardiography, renewed in 2018.