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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785512/efficacy-of-sports-club-activities-on-exercise-tolerance-among-japanese-middle-and-high-school-children-and-adolescents-after-fontan-procedure
#1
Yoshihiko Kodama, Kyoko Koga, Ayako Kuraoka, Yuichi Ishikawa, Makoto Nakamura, Koichi Sagawa, Shiro Ishikawa
The exercise tolerance of Fontan patients is poorer than that of healthy people. Some previous studies reported that exercise tolerance can be improved in this population by cardiac rehabilitation. This study aimed to determine the factors associated with peak oxygen uptake (VO2) and to subsequently clarify the correlation between participation in sports club activities and variables related to exercise tolerance. Cardiopulmonary exercise tests were performed by 115 Fontan patients aged between 6 and 20 years...
May 21, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777282/ambulatory-intravenous-inotropic-support-and-or-levosimendan-in-pediatric-and-congenital-heart-failure-safety-survival-improvement-or-transplantation
#2
Sotiria C Apostolopoulou, George A Vagenakis, Alexandros Tsoutsinos, Felicia Kakava, Spyridon Rammos
End-stage heart failure (HF) frequently needs continuous inotropic support in hospital and has high morbidity and mortality in absence of heart transplantation. This study reports outcome, efficacy, and safety of continuous ambulatory inotropes (AI) and/or periodic levosimendan (LS) infusions in pediatric HF patients. The study included 27 patients, median age 9.4 (0.1-26.1) years, with severe HF (6 myocarditis, 13 dilated cardiomyopathy, 2 restrictive cardiomyopathy, 6 repaired congenital heart disease). Dobutamine and milrinone AI were administered in 21 patients through a permanent central catheter for median duration 1...
May 18, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777281/right-ventricular-systolic-function-parameters-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
#3
S Javed Zaidi, Jamie Penk, Vivian W Cui, Supaluck Kanjanauthai, David A Roberson
Assessment of the systolic function of the right ventricle (RV) in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is important. The asymmetric shape and heavy trabeculations make accurate assessment of RV systolic function challenging. Novel measures of RV function could be helpful in distinguishing reduced versus preserved function in HLHS and may also be worse in HLHS with preserved function compared to normal controls. These novel methods offer promise, but research and clinical applicability is hindered as no cut-off values for normal function have been established...
May 18, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777280/primary-draining-vein-stenting-for-obstructive-total-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-in-neonates-with-right-atrial-isomerism-and-functional-single-ventricle-improves-outcome
#4
Masataka Kitano, Takaya Hoashi, Takashi Kakuta, Kazuto Fujimoto, Akira Miyake, Ken-Ichi Kurosaki, Hazime Ichikawa, Isao Shiraishi
For neonates with right atrial isomerism (RAI), functional single ventricle (f-SV), and obstructive total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC), primary TAPVC repair (TAPVCR) has a poor outcome. At our hospital, the survival rate at 1 year of such neonates undergoing primary TAPVCR between 1999 and 2010 (TAPVCR group) was 30% (3/10). Most deceased cases suffered from capillary leak syndrome and unstable pulmonary resistance after the surgeries. We sought to determine whether less invasive primary draining vein stenting (DVS) improved the outcome of these neonates...
May 18, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774394/longitudinal-health-care-cost-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-palliation
#5
Jesse E Hansen, Nicolas L Madsen, Laurie Bishop, David L S Morales, Jeffrey B Anderson
Management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is resource intensive. Heath care systems are pressured to provide value to patients by improving outcomes while decreasing costs. A single-center retrospective cohort of infants with HLHS who underwent Norwood procedure or hybrid Norwood from 2004 to 2014 and survived to first outpatient follow up were studied. The primary outcome was total cost through 12 months with a sub-analysis of patients with 60 months of data. Costs were calculated using internal cost accounting system and reported by cost center...
May 17, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774393/developmental-origin-of-the-cardiac-conduction-system-insight-from-lineage-tracing
#6
Rajiv A Mohan, Bastiaan J Boukens, Vincent M Christoffels
The components of the cardiac conduction system (CCS) generate and propagate the electrical impulse that initiates cardiac contraction. These interconnected components share properties, such as automaticity, that set them apart from the working myocardium of the atria and ventricles. A variety of tools and approaches have been used to define the CCS lineages. These include genetic labeling of cells expressing lineage markers and fate mapping of dye labeled cells, which we will discuss in this review. We conclude that there is not a single CCS lineage, but instead early cell fate decisions segregate the lineages of the CCS components while they remain interconnected...
May 17, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774392/cost-effectiveness-of-ventricular-assist-device-destination-therapy-for-advanced-heart-failure-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#7
Defne A Magnetta, JaHyun Kang, Peter D Wearden, Kenneth J Smith, Brian Feingold
Destination ventricular assist device therapy (DT-VAD) is well accepted in select adults with medically refractory heart failure (HF) who are not transplant candidates; however, its use in younger patients with progressive diseases is unclear. We sought to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of DT-VAD in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients with advanced HF. We created a Markov-state transition model (5-year horizon) to compare survival, costs, and quality of life (QOL) between medical management and DT-VAD in DMD with advanced HF...
May 17, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774391/comparison-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-by-electrocardiography-and-echocardiography-in-children-using-analytics-tool
#8
Lauren Tague, Justin Wiggs, Qianxi Li, Robert McCarter, Elizabeth Sherwin, Jacqueline Weinberg, Craig Sable
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a common finding on pediatric electrocardiography (ECG) leading to many referrals for echocardiography (echo). This study utilizes a novel analytics tool that combines ECG and echo databases to evaluate ECG as a screening tool for LVH. SQL Server 2012 data warehouse incorporated ECG and echo databases for all patients from a single institution from 2006 to 2016. Customized queries identified patients 0-18 years old with LVH on ECG and an echo performed within 24 h. Using data visualization (Tableau) and analytic (Stata 14) software, ECG and echo findings were compared...
May 17, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767293/left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-and-fractional-shortening-are-useful-for-the-prediction-of-the-therapeutic-response-to-metoprolol-in-children-with-vasovagal-syncope
#9
Jingyuan Song, Hongxia Li, Yuli Wang, Ping Liu, Xueying Li, Chaoshu Tang, Hongfang Jin, Junbao Du
The objective of this manuscript was to explore if left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and left ventricular fractional shortening (LVFS) could predict the efficacy of metoprolol therapy on vasovagal syncope (VVS) in children. Forty-nine children, including 30 with VVS and 19 gender- and age-matched healthy controls, were included in the study. Metoprolol was prescribed to the VVS subjects. The clinical data were obtained during follow-up at 2 and 6 months. The results showed that LVEF and LVFS of responders were significantly higher than those of non-responders both at the 2-month follow-up (LVEF: 72...
May 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767292/short-axis-diastolic-ventricular-area-ratio-as-a-new-index-in-screening-patients-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
#10
Dala Zakaria, Sean Lang, Mallikarjuna Rettiganti, Jeffrey M Gossett, Elijah Bolin, R Thomas Collins
Right ventricular (RV) end-diastolic volume measured by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is a criterion for pulmonary valve replacement in patients with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). We sought to determine if the ratio of echocardiographic, short-axis RV-to-left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic areas (EDA) could be used to predict RV volume on CMR. We retrospectively reviewed the echocardiograms of all patients with repaired TOF who underwent CMR at our institution from 2011 to 2015 and also had an echocardiogram within 6 months of the CMR...
May 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766226/cutoffs-of-short-term-heart-rate-variability-parameters-in-brazilian-adolescents-male
#11
Breno Quintella Farah, Diego Giulliano Destro Christofaro, Bruno Remígio Cavalcante, Aluísio Andrade-Lima, Antonio Henrique Germano-Soares, Luiz Carlos Marques Vanderlei, Fernanda Cordoba Lanza, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias
A low heart rate variability (HRV) has been associated with cardiovascular risk factors in adolescents. However, no cut-off points are known for HRV parameters in this age group, making it difficult to use in clinical practice. Thus, the aims of the current study were to establish cutoffs of HRV parameters and to examine their association with cardiovascular risk in Brazilian adolescents male. For this reason, this cross-sectional study included 1152 adolescent boys (16.6 ± 1.2 years old). HRV measures of time (SD of all RR intervals, root mean square of the squared differences between adjacent normal RR intervals, and the percentage of adjacent intervals over 50 ms), frequency domains [low (LF) and high (HF) frequency], and Poincaré plot (SD1, SD2 and SD1/SD2 ratio) were assessed...
May 15, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766225/potential-common-pathogenic-pathways-for-the-left-ventricular-noncompaction-cardiomyopathy-lvnc
#12
Ying Liu, Hanying Chen, Weinian Shou
Ventricular trabeculation and compaction are two essential morphogenetic events for generating a functionally competent ventricular wall. A significant reduction in trabeculation is usually associated with hypoplastic wall and ventricular compact zone deficiencies, which commonly leads to embryonic heart failure and early embryonic lethality. In contrast, the arrest of ventricular wall compaction (noncompaction) is believed to be causative to the left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC), a genetically heterogeneous disorder and the third most common cardiomyopathy among pediatric patients...
May 15, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756161/risk-factors-for-failure-of-systemic-to-pulmonary-artery-shunts-in-biventricular-circulation
#13
Keti Vitanova, Cornelius Leopold, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Cordula Wolf, Elisabeth Beran, Rüdiger Lange, Julie Cleuziou
Systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt placement is an established palliative procedure for congenital heart disease, but it is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Data of all patients with biventricular circulation who underwent systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt implantation between 2000 and 2016 were reviewed. Endpoints of the study were shunt failure and shunt-related mortality. Shunt failure was defined as any shunt dysfunction requiring intervention or reoperation. Shunt-related mortality was defined as death due to shunt dysfunction...
May 14, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756160/fetal-and-postnatal-echocardiographic-diagnosis-of-ebstein-anomaly-of-the-mitral-valve
#14
Safwat Aly, John Bokowski, Karim Diab, Brie Ann Muller
Ebstein anomaly of mitral valve (MV) is an extremely rare congenital heart disease. In the current report, we present a case of Ebstein of MV that was diagnosed prenatally. Fetal echocardiogram showed that the posterior leaflet of MV was tethered to the lateral wall of left ventricle (LV) with downward displacement into LV cavity. Postnatal transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms confirmed the diagnosis with apical displacement of the level of coaptation MV into the LV cavity. To the best of our knowledge, fetal diagnosis of Ebstein anomaly of MV has not yet been reported in the medical literature...
May 14, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756159/survival-and-associated-risk-factors-for-mortality-among-infants-with-critical-congenital-heart-disease-in-a-developing-country
#15
Mohd Nizam Mat Bah, Mohd Hanafi Sapian, Mohammad Tamim Jamil, Amelia Alias, Norazah Zahari
Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. However, data on survival of CCHD and the risk factors associated with its mortality are limited. This study examined CCHD survival and the risk factors for CCHD mortality. Using a retrospective cohort study of infants born with CCHD from 2006 to 2015, survival over 10 years was estimated using Kaplan-Meier analysis, and the risk factors for mortality were analyzed using multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression...
May 14, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754204/diagnosing-arvc-in-pediatric-patients-applying-the-revised-task-force-criteria-importance-of-imaging-12-lead-ecg-and-genetics
#16
Michael Steinmetz, Ulrich Krause, Peter Lauerer, Frank Konietschke, Randolph Aguayo, Christian Oliver Ritter, Andreas Schuster, Joachim Lotz, Thomas Paul, Wieland Staab
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a potentially lethal disease that is well described in adults. In pediatric patients, however, identification of patients at risk of adverse events of ARVC remains a challenge. We aimed to determine which criteria of the revised Task Force Criteria (rTFC), alone or combined, have an impact on diagnosis of ARVC when compared to disease-specific genetic mutations in pediatric patients ≤ 18 years. Between September 2010 and December 2013, 48 consecutive young patients ≤ 18 years of age (mean 14, range of 12...
May 12, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754203/prospective-analysis-of-decision-making-during-joint-cardiology-cardiothoracic-conference-in-treatment-of-107-consecutive-children-with-congenital-heart-disease
#17
Sophie Duignan, Aedin Ryan, Dara O'Keeffe, Damien Kenny, Colin J McMahon
The complexity and potential biases involved in decision making have long been recognised and examined in both the aviation and business industries. More recently, the medical community have started to explore this concept and its particular importance in our field. Paediatric cardiology is a rapidly expanding field and for many of the conditions we treat, there is limited evidence available to support our decision-making. Variability exists within decision-making in paediatric cardiology and this may influence outcomes...
May 12, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754202/regional-differences-in-cost-and-length-of-stay-in-neonates-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
#18
Luma Essaid, Paula D Strassle, Eric G Jernigan, Jennifer S Nelson
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a highly resource-intensive diagnosis. Geographic variation in cost and length of stay (LOS) in HLHS is not well described. Neonates diagnosed with HLHS between 2000 and 2012 were identified using the Kids' Inpatient Database. Hospitalizations were stratified into two groups: (1) birth and (2) secondary. United States regional differences in hospital charges and LOS were compared using adjusted linear regression. Of 2431 birth hospitalizations, 449 neonates (18.5%) died while inpatient and mortality rates differed by region (p = 0...
May 12, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748702/serum-renalase-levels-in-adolescents-with-primary-hypertension
#19
Marta Lemiesz, Edyta Tenderenda-Banasiuk, Dorota Sosnowska, Katarzyna Taranta-Janusz, Anna Wasilewska
The prevalence of hypertension in pediatric populations continues to rise. Recent studies suggest that renalase plays an important role in blood pressure regulation. The aim of this study was to evaluate serum renalase concentrations in hypertensive children. This study was a prospective cohort analysis of 88 adolescents (40 girls; 48 boys) aged 11-18 years, divided into two groups: HT-38 subjects with primary hypertension; and R (reference group)-50 subjects with normal blood pressure. Serum renalase concentration was measured using a commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit...
May 10, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748701/patient-characteristics-and-emergency-department-factors-associated-with-survival-after-sudden-cardiac-arrest-in-children-and-young-adults-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-a-nationally-representative-sample-2006-2013
#20
Rie Sakai-Bizmark, Scott M I Friedlander, Emily H Marr, Laurie A Mena, Ismael Corral, Ruey-Kang R Chang
The purpose of the study is to examine (1) nationally representative incidence rates of Emergency Department (ED) visits due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in pediatric and young adult populations, (2) basic characteristics of the ED visits with SCA, and (3) patient and hospital factors associated with survival after SCA. We used the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample from 2006 to 2013. ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes identified ED visits due to SCA for patients ≤ 30 years old. Outcomes included yearly incidence of ED visits for SCA, and survival to hospital discharge...
May 10, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
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