Cyndi Sosnowki, MD – Rush University Medical Center


I see patients that have congenital heart
disease. We follow them throughout their life, both
prior to surgery — if we feel that’s necessary — and then after surgery. So they’ll have their surgery at the Rush
hospital, and then I will continue to follow them outpatient in the clinic. I also see patients where pediatricians may
have a concern that there’s a problem with the heart. So let’s say they hear a heart murmur or
the patient passes out or is having chest pain, I can evaluate them in the office for
any type of heart defect. I chose to go into pediatric cardiology because
I was born with congenital heart disease — I had complex cyanotic congenital heart disease. I had my open heart surgery when I was 15
months old. I sort of know what patients are sort of feeling
— what they’re experiencing on the inside when they feel a bout of chest pain, when
they feel like they’re going to pass out, when their heart feels like it’s beating
funny. We can repair holes in the heart, we can replace
valves without actually needing open heart surgery. We don’t need to cut through the chest anymore,
we can simply do a cath procedure to place the new valve, to put in a device to close
a hole. And so that’s been very exciting over the
past couple of years. You’re never fully repaired and you always
need to continue to follow with a congenital heart specialist. And at that point, you know if additional
surgeries are needed, you continue to give them expected management as far as what things
do we see down the line in someone that had this defect, and how do we continue to care
for that, and what we need to do for that in the future.

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