Caregiver profile: Kevin Friedman, MD | Boston Children’s Hospital

Here’s the left ventricle and the right ventricle, and here’s the aorta and again, the
aorta looks perfectly normal in size. There’s aortic stenosis or regurgitation. It’s working completely normal. I always liked the physiology of cardiology in general. I think it’s like a puzzle, that if you
learn all the rules of the puzzle, you can figure out how it fits together. My name is Kevin Friedman. I’m a pediatric and fetal cardiologist
at Boston Children’s Hospital. Children with congenital heart
problems are frequently very complex, there are certain patterns but each patient is unique, both in their disease, as well as in their background, and their family’s needs. Every patient needs to be treated individually. We see the two sides of the heart, the right ventricle and the left ventricle symbol, the pumping chambers are
symmetric in size, their both pumping. So that muscle continues to grow as he grows, so at this point, I would say his heart is normal. It’s absolutely vital that the families
understand the anatomy, the physiology, and feels comfortable with both
the providers and the treatment plan. Understanding the patient,
what their disease process is, but also the family and what
their thought processes are, and what their values are, definitely adds a lot of ability on my part to
take better care of the patients. If you have questions or concerns just let me know. I don’t think he needs to come
back because he’s too healthy.

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