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Dr. Matthias Peuster

Pediatrics - Cardiology
Chicago, IL
10 years experience male

Locations

Office

Chicago, IL

Address

University of Chicago, Department of Pediatrics, 5721 S Maryland Ave, MC 4051, K355, Chicago, IL
Directions

Insurances accepted

CIGNA HMO

About

Bio

I am a pediatrician specialized in pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care. I have been director of an interventional cath lab since 2001 and section chief since 2006. My research focus is the development of new interventional techniques and the development of biodegradsble implants.

Specialties
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Pediatrics - Cardiology

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatrics

Pediatrics - Critical Care

Languages spoken

German

Doctor Q&A

79 Answers
62 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Normal life: A nirmal exercise tolerance, life expectancy and good quality of life can be expected if an ASD is diagnosed and treated at an early age.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Depends: On your child's insurance status. Even medicaid covers ASD closure so cost should not be the issue.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Try sex.....: There is no definite time that should lapse until you can have a subsequent pregnancy. Breast feeding may interfere with your ability to become pregna... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Depends: It is quite a substantial weight loss. You should get examined by a doctor before you engage in substantial diet/weight loss programs and to define a ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Down's syndrome: Patients with donwn's syndrome are more likely to have some congenital heart defects. ASD is one of them.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Depends: If the leak is tiny than it is no big deal and will get smaller. If it is big there might be a need for redo of the surgery.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Both: But counseling is typically done by a cardiologist if there are abnormal findings.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Not really: Should be heard during routine exams. If the vsd is big it might not be picked up by auscultation but should have lead to symptoms much earlier.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
No fatalities: A PDA -if large- can be fatal because it can lead to pulmonary hypertension. If diagnosed and treated early it leaves no residues. Pts have a normal q... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
How?: Was the PDA treated. If done interventionally (by catheter) there are no residual problems you need to expect. If done surgically there is a minimal r... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Device closure: Is the standard now. It has a very high success rate (in our series >95%) the remainder are referred to surgery with a 100% success rate.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Common: If a tiny leak (stitch channel) is observed. Rare if a relevant big leak is found.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
???: Who would want to do that....Smoking, being inactive, obese, or jumping in front of a train are certainly suitable....
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
No: ASD is not amongst the cardiac defects that would be picked up by pulse oxymetry screening.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
No typical course: There is no typical course. Depends on the etiology (the causative agent), the initial presentation, the age of onset (kids are more likely to respond... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Echocardiography: Is the test of choice. Also get an ekg to assess for a commonly associated rhythm problem.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Ekg: An ekg will confirm the diagnosis.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Slightly higher risk: If you have a child with a PDA there is a slightly increased risk in another child for having a pda. We can close pda's safely with a catheter procedu... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
No need to repair : There is no need to repair an ASD in neonates. In fact most asds in neonates and infants are rather small and will close by themselves. If asds are la... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Sleepy and happy: In most of the patients it will make them sleepy, happy and they will not remember what happened to them after they got the drug until they wake up. A... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Yes: No problem. But check out their equipment. Should be clean and sterile needles should be used as in all patients.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Resolves mostly: Chylothorax after cardiac surery mostly results from an injury to the thoracic duct. It is treated by drainage. Initially parenteral nutrition is giv... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Asthma more likely: Depends OB his age. We all get RSV and most of us are showing very little symptoms. In infant patients the clinical presentation is more severe with p... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Pulmonary veins: Sinus venosus defects are often associated with abnormal drainage of pulmonary veins. If the right heart is enlarged on echo therapy is indicated.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Asd: There are many interventional devices on the market to close defects between the the filling chambers of the heart. Surgery is rarely needed.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Yes: Patients with ebstein's disease are more likely to have wpw.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Most often none: But anything is possible. An echocardiogram will tell.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
No easy answer: Depends on so many factors. Insurance, material used, in or outpatient, anaesthesia, sedation, transesophageal echo or intracardiac echo. You should c... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Courses: For CPR are administered throughoit the us. The aha has useful programs. Speak to your primary care provider to sign ip for training.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Enlargement: ASD causes enlargement of the right side of the heart. Not hypertrophy unless it (rarely) has led to pulmonary hypertension. Pfo is not a disease. Alm... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Asd yes pfo maybe: Significantly large (meaning that the right heart is enlarged) ASD needs to be closed. Pfo is noted in up to 20 % of the population. It has no relevan... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Yes and no: Although tecnically possible, i would not recommend any type of surgery with a risk of infection with cardiac surgery or intervention, especially if a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Not risky : But potentially avoidable with catheter closure. Discuss with your cardiologist.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
No: Catheter based therapies are effective in most patients. Surgery is rarely needed. Meds dont help at all.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Yes: If the vsd is big you can develop pulmonary hypertension. This might lead to irreversible damage of the lungs.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Echo done: I guess the PDA was diagnosed with an echocardiogram. That should gave ruled out other heart disease.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Depends: You need to give more information to get an answer. Type of repair/palliation. Pulmonary attesia with vsd or pa without vsd. Multifocal pulmonary perf... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Renal problems: Excessive protein intake puts stress on the kidneys. As long as they function normally and you drink enough it should not cause major problems.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
No: After a PDA repair there are no further complications anticipated. You should get her checked to assess if the PDA is completely closed.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Straightforward: In kids with general anaesthesia. Typically 30 minute procedure with echo guidance and minimal x ray exposure (in our series average of less than 1.5... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Dextrocardia: Dextrocardia is a congenital defect in which the heart is situated on the right side of the body. The tip of the heart points towards the right instea... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Unlikely: 99% of these defects can be closed in a minimally invasive catheter procedure. The defect is closed with an umbrella device introduced from the groin.... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Endocarditis: An infection of the inner layer of the heart can occur in patients with artificial tissue within the heart. We no longer recommend general antibiotic ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
No. : Alcohol swabs alone are not virucidal or virustatic. Use designated wipes or desinfectants labeled for that purpose.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Unlikely: Steroids have no effect on heart rate.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
See a doctor: There are too many reasons for the described problem. She shoild be evaluated by a doctor.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Safe, not needed: Patients with ASD have no reason to get digoxin unless they have arrhythmias. A large ASD should be closed either in the catheterization laboratory or... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Lots of symptoms: Can be related to chd. Rhythm problems, dizziness, fainting, water accumulation in legs or torso, difficulty breathing, nightly cough, weakness..... A... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Toxins.... no: There are genetic causes and infectious causes, also there are some medications associated with chd like lithium.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
Very much so: Scimitar syndrome is a disease that affects the heart and the lung. There are different types some with need for surgery to remove the affected portio... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Peuster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Peuster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Um but im worried if i choose the wrong lotion it will hurt my partner(female) when we have sex.
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Hello, Thanks a lot Dr. For your answer, may I get your mail id so I can send you echoeardiogram report.
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Thanks a lot Dr. Pls tell me the minimum age and also the required weight needed for cath closure. ?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine, Germany
Graduated 2012MD

Awards

Top Pediatric Cardiologist, First Place, Illinois - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Bernard A Mitchell Hospital
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