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Cardiology in the Young

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019299/additional-mechanism-for-left-ventricular-dysfunction-chronic-pulmonary-regurgitation-decreases-left-ventricular-preload-in-patients-with-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Pekka Ylitalo, Eero Jokinen, Kirsi Lauerma, Miia Holmström, Olli M Pitkänen-Argillander
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular dysfunction in patients with tetralogy of Fallot and significant pulmonary regurgitation may lead to systolic dysfunction of the left ventricle due to altered ventricular interaction. We were interested in determining whether chronic pulmonary regurgitation affects the preload of the left ventricle. In addition, we wanted to study whether severe chronic pulmonary regurgitation would alter the preload of the left ventricle when compared with patients having preserved pulmonary valve annulus...
October 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019293/evolution-of-the-concept-of-oxygen-transport-in-the-critically-ill-with-a-focus-on-children-after-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#2
Jia Li
The concept of oxygen transport, defined as the relation between oxygen consumption (VO2) and delivery (DO2), is of fundamental importance in critically ill patients. The past 200 years have witnessed a stepwise progressive improvement in the understanding of pathophysiological disturbances in the balance of DO2 and VO2 in critically ill patients including those after cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Intermittent spectacular technological achievements have accelerated the rate of progress. Therapeutic advances have been particularly impressive during the recent decades...
October 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017631/infants-born-with-critical-chd-in-arizona-and-capacities-of-birth-centres-for-screening-and-management
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Lydia Villa, Brent Bjornsen, Heather Giacone, Erica M Weidler, Ekta Bajaj, Andrew Muth, Melanie Kennedy, Timothy Flood, Dianna Contreras, Joseph Spadafino, Ashish Shah
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to identify locations of births in Arizona with critical CHD, as well as to assess the current use of pulse-oximetry screening and capacities of birth centres to manage a positive screen. Study design Infants (n=487) with a potentially critical CHD were identified from the Arizona Department of Health Services from 2012 and 2013; charts were retrospectively reviewed. Diagnosis was confirmed using echocardiographies. ArcGIS was used to generate maps to visualise the location of treating facility and mother's residence...
October 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017621/challenges-for-bilateral-pulmonary-artery-stenting-due-to-occluded-femoral-veins
#4
Sreeja Pavithran, Ramyashri Chandrasekaran, Kothandam Sivakumar
When the inferior caval vein is occluded or abnormal, jugular and hepatic veins provide alternative routes for interventions. For pulmonary artery stenting, transhepatic access may give a relatively straighter route than that from the jugular veins. We describe the challenges and strategies during transhepatic bilateral pulmonary artery stenting after arterial switch operation complicated by occluded inferior caval vein and congested hepatic veins.
October 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974283/is-mesocardia-with-left-sided-caval-vein-draining-to-coronary-sinus-a-contraindication-for-a-percutaneous-pulmonary-valve-implantation-a-case-description
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Marinos Kantzis, Christoph M Happel, Nikolaus A Haas
Introduction Although the right jugular vein approach for percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation is well described, there are no reports that describe a percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation through a left superior caval vein to coronary sinus pathway. Case A 14-year-old female with tetralogy of Fallot, mesocardia, left superior caval vein draining into the coronary sinus, and hemiazygos continuation of the inferior caval vein underwent ventricular septal defect closure, with homograft insertion from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery, patch augmentation of the left pulmonary artery, and creation of an atrial communication...
October 4, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927471/a-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-genetic-variant-is-associated-with-improved-ventricular-function-and-transplant-free-survival-after-surgery-for-non-syndromic-chd
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Constantine D Mavroudis, Daniel Seung Kim, Nancy Burnham, Alexandra H Morss, Jerry H Kim, Amber A Burt, David R Crosslin, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, Elaine H Zackai, Meryl S Cohen, Susan C Nicolson, Thomas L Spray, Ian B Stanaway, Deborah A Nickerson, Mark W Russell, Hakon Hakonarson, Gail P Jarvik, J William Gaynor
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that the minor alleles of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) single-nucleotide polymorphism rs833069 and superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2) single-nucleotide polymorphism rs2758331 are both associated with improved transplant-free survival after surgery for CHD in infants, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We hypothesised that one or both of these minor alleles are associated with better systemic ventricular function, resulting in improved survival...
September 20, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899436/educational-level-and-employment-status-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
#7
Constanze Pfitzer, Paul C Helm, Lisa-Maria Rosenthal, Christoph Walker, Hannah Ferentzi, Ulrike M M Bauer, Felix Berger, Katharina R L Schmitt
Purpose Through this study we aimed to assess the educational level and employment status of adults with CHD in Germany. METHODS: Data were acquired from an online survey carried out in 2015 by the German National Register for Congenital Heart Defects. A total of 1458 adults with CHD participated in the survey (response rate: 37.6%). For 1198 participants, detailed medical information, such as main cardiac diagnosis and information from medical reports, was available. RESULTS: Of the participants surveyed (n=1198), 54...
September 13, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889833/acute-kidney-injury-following-first-stage-palliation-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-hybrid-versus-norwood-palliation
#8
Richard U Garcia, Girija Natarajan, Henry L Walters, Ralph E Delius, Sanjeev Aggarwal
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of acute kidney injury after first-stage surgical palliation in patients with a single ventricle and to explore associated risk factors and outcomes. Design and patients This single-centre retrospective study included neonates who underwent either Norwood or Hybrid procedure from 2008 to 2015 for a single ventricle. Postoperative acute kidney injury was defined using the paediatric risk, injury, failure, loss, end-stage renal disease (pRIFLE), criteria within 72 hours of the procedure...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889830/endocarditis-of-a-congenital-coronary-fistula-in-a-child
#9
Thomas Krasemann, Ingrid M van Beynum, Ingrid M E Frohn-Mulder, Michiel Dalinghaus
Endocarditis of congenital coronary fistulas in the cardiac chambers is rare, especially in the paediatric age group. We describe the case of a 9-year-old boy with a fistula from the dilated right coronary artery to the junction of the superior caval vein to the right atrium, complicated by endocarditis. Treatment consisted of 6 weeks of antibiotics and interventional closure of the fistula 3 months later with an Amplatzer vascular plug.
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889829/neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-reflects-inflammation-and-is-not-a-reliable-renal-biomarker-in-neonates-and-infants-after-cardiopulmonary-bypass-a-prospective-case-control-study
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Karl Reiter, Gunter Balling, Vittorio Bonelli, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Siegmund Lorenz Braun, Peter Ewert, Bettina Ruf
Introduction Acute kidney injury is a frequent complication after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass in infants. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin has been suggested to be a promising early biomarker of impending acute kidney injury. On the other hand, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin has been shown to be elevated in systemic inflammatory diseases without renal impairment. In this secondary analysis of data from our previous study on acute kidney injury after infant cardiac surgery, our hypothesis was that neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin may be associated with surgery-related inflammation...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889828/atrial-septal-defect-morphology-and-stenting-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-after-hybrid-palliation
#11
Lilia Oreto, Giuseppe Mandraffino, Lucia Manuri, Michele B Saitta, Salvatore Agati, Concetta Zito, Fiore S Iorio, Scipione Carerj, Paolo Guccione
Aims The aim of this study was to describe atrial septal defect morphology in hypoplastic left heart syndrome, to report the incidence of restrictiveness and its relationship with defect morphology, to correlate restriction with midterm outcome, and to describe our interventional approach to restrictive defect. Methods and results From 2011 to 2015, 31 neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome underwent hybrid procedure with pulmonary artery banding and ductal stenting at our Institution. Restrictive physiology of the atrial septal defect was based on Doppler gradient >6 mmHg through the defect and on clinical signs of pulmonary hypertension...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889827/multidisciplinary-family-centred-psychosocial-care-for-patients-with-chd-consensus-recommendations-from-the-aepc-psychosocial-working-group
#12
Elisabeth M W J Utens, Edward Callus, Eveline M Levert, Katya De Groote, Frank Casey
Because of the enormous advances in the medical treatment of CHD, the long-term survival of patients suffering from this disease has increased significantly. Currently, about 90% of patients reach adulthood, which entails many new challenges both for patients and their families and for healthcare professionals. The main objective of family-centred psychosocial care is to strengthen the emotional resilience of chronically ill patients and their families by adopting a holistic approach. During the biannual meeting of the psychosocial working group in 2012, participants expressed the need for general European guidelines...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889826/recombinant-factor-viia-as-a-rescue-therapy-in-severe-haemoptysis-in-a-patient-with-a-fontan-circulation
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Thomas W Mason, Andrew Retter, Gareth J Morgan
We describe the successful use of recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) in the control of massive haemoptysis in a 17-year-old patient with a Fontan circulation. The patient was intubated and ventilated in the ICU with deteriorating gas exchange. Conventional methods to control the haemoptysis were ineffective, and rFVIIa was successfully administered as a rescue therapy. rFVIIa is a powerful pro-thrombotic agent, which is only licensed in haemophiliacs with acquired inhibitors to anticoagulation. It has been used off-license in the treatment of massive haemorrhage, although a Cochrane review did not show any significant benefit; however, it may have a role as a rescue therapy where alternatives options have been exhausted after careful risk-benefit analysis...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889825/enhancement-of-diuresis-with-metolazone-in-infant-paediatric-cardiac-intensive-care-patients
#14
Russell T Wise, Brady S Moffett, Ayse Akcan-Arikan, Marianne Galati, Natasha Afonso, Paul A Checchia
BACKGROUND: Few data are available regarding the use of metolazone in infants in cardiac intensive care. Researchers need to carry out further evaluation to characterise the effects of this treatment in this population. METHODS: This is a descriptive, retrospective study carried out in patients less than a year old. These infants had received metolazone over a 2-year period in the paediatric cardiac intensive care unit at our institution. The primary goal was to measure the change in urine output from 24 hours before the start of metolazone therapy to 24 hours after...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889824/differences-in-clinical-outcomes-and-cost-between-complex-and-simple-arterial-switches
#15
Eric R Griffiths, Nelangi M Pinto, Aaron W Eckhauser, Ragheed Al-Dulaimi, Angela P Presson, David K Bailly, Phillip T Burch
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the morbidity, mortality, and cost differences between patients who underwent either a simple or a complex arterial switch operation. METHODS: A retrospective study of patients undergoing an arterial switch operation at a single institution was performed. Simple cases were defined as patients with d-transposition of the great arteries with usual coronary anatomy or circumflex artery originating from the right with either intact ventricular septum or ventricular septal defect...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889820/thoracoscopic-treatment-of-left-to-right-shunt-in-a-child-with-scimitar-syndrome
#16
Zafer Dokumcu, Emre Divarci, Ata Erdener
Scimitar syndrome represents a rare variant of partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection with right lung hypoplasia, dextrocardia, and concomitant airway-vessel abnormalities. Surgical correction is preferred in symptomatic patients or in patients with increased left-to-right shunt. In this report, the first case of scimitar syndrome with dual arterial supply and venous drainage to be treated with thoracoscopic approach is presented.
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889818/efficacy-and-safety-of-recombinant-tissue-plasminogen-activator-for-venous-thrombosis-after-paediatric-heart-surgery
#17
Lindsey B Justice, David P Nelson, Joseph Palumbo, Jaclyn Sawyer, Manish N Patel, Jonathan W Byrnes
OBJECTIVE: Reports in the literature of treatment with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator following cardiac surgery are limited. We reviewed our experience to provide a case series of the therapeutic use of tissue plasminogen activator for the treatment of venous thrombosis in children after cardiac surgery. The data describe the morbidity, mortality, and clinical outcomes of tissue plasminogen activator administration for treatment of venous thrombosis in children following cardiac surgery...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889816/first-stage-palliation-strategy-for-univentricular-heart-disease-may-impact-risk-for-acute-kidney-injury
#18
Bryan H Goldstein, Stuart L Goldstein, Prasad Devarajan, Farhan Zafar, David M Kwiatkowski, Bradley S Marino, David L S Morales, Catherine D Krawczeski, David S Cooper
OBJECTIVE: Norwood palliation for patients with single ventricle heart disease is associated with a significant risk for acute kidney injury, which portends a worse prognosis. We sought to investigate the impact of hybrid stage I palliation (Hybrid) on acute kidney injury risk. DESIGN: This study is a single-centre prospective case-control study of seven consecutive neonates with single ventricle undergoing Hybrid palliation. Levels of serum creatinine and four novel urinary biomarkers, namely neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin, interleukin-18, liver fatty acid-binding protein, and kidney injury molecule-1, were obtained before and after palliation...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889813/unique-levoatriocardinal-veins-in-neonates-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-and-intact-atrial-septum
#19
Chiaki Iida, Jun Muneuchi, Mamie Watanabe
We had two cases of neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intact atrial septum who had unique levoatriocardinal veins. Contrast-enhanced CT and angiography revealed that previously unknown communicating vessels ran from the top of the left atrium and drained into the right atrium. We emphasise that transcatheter atrial septostomy should be performed not through these communicating vessels but using the trans-septal approach in neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and an intact atrial septum...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889812/a-focussed-single-view-hand-held-echocardiography-protocol-for-the-detection-of-rheumatic-heart-disease
#20
Adriana Diamantino, Andrea Beaton, Twalib Aliku, Kaciane Oliveira, Cassio Oliveira, Luciana Xavier, Lindsay Perlman, Emmy Okello, Bruno Nascimento, Antonio R P Ribeiro, Maria C P Nunes, Craig Sable
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographic screening represents an opportunity for reduction in the global burden of rheumatic heart disease. A focussed single-view screening protocol could allow for the rapid training of healthcare providers and screening of patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of a focussed single-view hand-held echocardiographic protocol for the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease in children. METHODS: A total of nine readers were divided into three reading groups; each interpreted 200 hand-held echocardiography studies retrospectively as screen-positive, if mitral regurgitation ⩾1...
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