My Daughter’s Heart Was The Size Of A Strawberry — Until A Balloon Angioplasty Reversed Her Thrombosis


When I was pregnant with Arianna, everything seemed very routine. She was even seemingly healthy at birth in July of 2009. Unfortunately, the normalcy and serenity of her new life quickly changed.

Thrombosis survivor Arianna Pena, Texas Children's Heart CenterWhen Arianna was only 5 days old, an ultrasound revealed she had extensive thrombosis, a dangerous condition where clots blocked the flow of blood leading in and out of her heart. At the time, her heart was the size of a strawberry, and her arteries were even smaller. I knew an intensely delicate and skilled procedure was needed on a heart so fragile and I knew I could turn to the experts at Texas Children’s Heart Center.

On August 5, 2009, Arianna was taken to the catheterization lab, where a lifesaving balloon angioplasty was completed. This incredibly skilled procedure uses an empty and collapsed balloon on a guide wire, known as a balloon catheter that is passed into the narrowed locations and then inflated. The balloon opens the blood vessel for improved flow and the balloon is then deflated and withdrawn. A stent is then inserted to ensure the vessels remain open to continue pumping blood through the body.

Following her successful procedures, Arianna has shown no symptoms from the cardiovascular complications she experienced early in life. She is now a vibrant and growing 3 year old. I am so thankful for her many days ahead thanks to Texas Children’s Heart CenterThrombosis Survivor Arianna Pena, Texas Children's Heart Center

About Bianca Garcia, Mother of Patient

I am the grateful mother of a beautiful young girl, Arianna.

When she was diagnosed with thrombosis, a life-threatening heart condition, we turned to the experts at Texas Children's Heart Center to save her.

Posted in Guest Post, Heart, Surgery, Videos

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. The * fields are required. Links are not allowed.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>