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Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.


Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Center for Heart & Vascular Health

Balloon Valvuloplasty

What is Stenosis?

Valves control the flow of blood into, through and out of the heart. In valve disease, the valve may narrow (stenosis), which can reduce blood flow. Common causes of valve disease include:

  • Congenital heart conditions, meaning they are present from birth.
  • Rheumatic fever, often associated with untreated strep throat or scarlet fever.
  • The formation of calcium deposits around the valve.
  • Atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing and hardening of the arteries.
  • Endocarditis, which is inflammation of the lining inside the heart.

Symptoms can vary and include fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, swelling of the feet and ankles, chest pain and heart palpitations.

About Balloon Valvuloplasty

Balloon valvuloplasty is a percutaneous procedure, meaning it is “through the skin,” as opposed to a traditional, open surgical procedure that requires large incisions. To perform the procedure, your interventional cardiologist will thread a catheter (thin, flexible tube) with a deflated balloon attached to the tip through a blood vessel. Using x-ray technology, they will guide the catheter to your damaged valve. Once the catheter is in place, they will inflate the balloon, which stretches the valve opening and allows blood to flow through it. The balloon is then deflated and the catheters are removed.

The patient usually remains awake during the procedure, which generally takes about two hours. You will then go to the recovery area and stay overnight. After your transition home, your care team will follow-up with you to ensure you have a smooth recovery. The balloon valvuloplasty procedure is not a permanent solution and may need to be repeated at a later date.

ChristianaCare Structural Heart Program
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 directions
302-733-1507
structuralheartcoordinators@christianacare.org