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Cardiology in the Young

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093089/atrial-septal-defect-with-right-to-left-shunt-in-the-absence-of-pulmonary-hypertension
#1
Devi A Manuel, Gopal C Ghosh, Anoop G Alex
We describe the case of a 27-year-old gentleman who developed late-onset clubbing and cyanosis. Transoesophageal echocardiography revealed a 27-mm ostium secundum atrial septal defect and a large, floppy Eustachian valve directing right atrial blood to the left side of the heart.
January 17, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091358/a-survey-of-exercise-advice-and-recommendations-in-united-kingdom-paediatric-cardiac-clinics
#2
Craig A Williams, Lucy Gowing, Richard Horn, Alan Graham Stuart
BACKGROUND: Physical activity and exercise have important health benefits for children and adolescents with CHD. The objective of this study was to survey the provision of advice and recommendations in United Kingdom paediatric CHD clinics. METHODS: A three-page questionnaire was sent out to paediatric cardiac consultants in the United Kingdom, paediatric consultants with expertise in cardiology, and nursing staff (Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group), as well as all members of the British Congenital Cardiovascular Association...
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091357/assessment-of-the-need-for-a-cardiac-morphology-curriculum-for-paediatric-cardiology-fellows
#3
Lindsay S Rogers, Melissa Klein, Jeanne James, Michael FitzGerald
BACKGROUND: Expert knowledge of cardiac malformations is essential for paediatric cardiologists. Current cardiac morphology fellowship teaching format, content, and nomenclature are left up to the discretion of the individual fellowship programmes. We aimed to assess practices and barriers in morphology education, perceived effectiveness of current curricula, and preferences for a standardised fellow morphology curriculum. METHODS: A web-based survey was developed de novo and administered anonymously via e-mail to all paediatric cardiology fellowship programme directors and associate directors in the United States of America; leaders were asked to forward the survey to fellows...
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091354/giant-congenital-left-atrial-appendage-aneurysm
#4
Chengyi Hui, Shuhua Luo, Qi An
We present a rare case of an asymptomatic giant congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm in a 19-year-old girl. We believe this is the largest congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm reported without any symptom.
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088921/red-flags-a-case-series-of-clinician-family-communication-challenges-in-the-context-of-chd
#5
Priya Sekar, Katie L Marcus, Erin P Williams, Renee D Boss
We describe three cases of newborns with complex CHD characterised by communication challenges. These communication challenges were categorised as patient, family, or system-related red flags. Strategies for addressing these red flags were proposed, for the goal of optimising care and improving quality of life in this vulnerable population.
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088920/cardiac-strain-findings-in-children-with-latent-rheumatic-heart-disease-detected-by-echocardiographic-screening
#6
Andrea Beaton, Hedda Richards, Michelle Ploutz, Lasya Gaur, Twalib Aliku, Peter Lwabi, Greg Ensing, Craig Sable
BACKGROUND: Identification of patients with latent rheumatic heart disease by echocardiography presents a unique opportunity to prevent disease progression. Myocardial strain is a more sensitive indicator of cardiac performance than traditional measures of systolic function. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that abnormalities in myocardial strain may be present in children with latent rheumatic heart disease. METHODS: Standard echocardiography images with electrocardiogram gating were obtained from Ugandan children found to have latent rheumatic heart disease as well as control subjects...
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081726/preoperative-right-ventricle-voltage-mapping-in-ebstein-s-anomaly-can-we-make-the-late-arrhythmogenic-mortality-following-the-cone-procedure-zero
#7
Lauren A Weber, Joseph W May, Matthew Needleman
A young woman with Epstein's anomaly had a large endocardial scar in the atrialised ventricular myocardium. In patients with significant preoperative ventricular scarring, more information is needed to help appropriately manage the risk of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death.
January 13, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077189/cardiac-haemangioma-associated-with-a-duct-dependent-congenital-heart-disease-in-a-newborn-infant
#8
Stefan A Djordjevic, Sofija Glumac, Jasna Kalanj
Cardiac haemangiomas are exceedingly rare; however, they can cause significant haemodynamic impairment and disturbances in heart rhythm. Rarely, cardiac tumours may also coexist with congenital heart lesions. We present an extremely unusual case of a cardiac haemangioma in the setting of complex transposition of the great arteries that caused functional tricuspid atresia. To our knowledge, this is the first such case described in the literature.
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077188/point-catheter-ablation-of-macro-re-entrant-ventricular-tachycardia-in-a-patient-after-surgical-repair-for-double-outlet-right-ventricle
#9
Gaku Izumi, Hisashi Yokoshiki, Atsuhito Takeda
Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia is often difficult in patients after surgery for CHD. In patients with a ventricular septal defect patch, it is necessary to decide which ventricular side is appropriate for catheter ablation. In this article, we report a case of successful point catheter ablation of re-entrant ventricular tachycardia. Identification of the ventricular septal defect patch using intra-cardiac echocardiography was useful.
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077186/antenatal-diagnosis-of-double-outlet-left-atrium
#10
Guy Vaksmann, Ivan Bouzguenda, Lucile Houyel
In this study, we describe a fetus with double-outlet atrium associated with complex arrangement of the ventricles and the great vessels. Various presentations of this malformation not described antenatally are discussed.
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077185/rapidly-progressive-mitral-valve-stenosis-in-patients-with-acromelic-dysplasia
#11
Gabriel Rama, Wendy K Chung, Christopher M Cunniff, Usha Krishnan
Acromelic dysplasias are a group of skeletal dysplasias characterised by short-limbed short stature with other distinctive phenotypic features including small hands and feet and stiff joints. Geleophysic dysplasia is an acromelic dysplasia that is associated with characteristic facial features, progressive cardiac valvular thickening, and tracheal stenosis. Owing to overlapping clinical features with other types of short-limbed skeletal dysplasias, it is important to make a precise diagnosis as they have different cardiac morbidity and mortality...
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077182/functional-tricuspid-stenosis-a-rare-presentation-of-suspected-rhabdomyoma-as-congenital-cyanotic-heart-disease
#12
Anishkumar Nair, Gopalan Nair Rajesh, Chakanalil Govindan Sajeev
Cardiac tumours in newborns are often asymptomatic and can be sporadically detected on routine screening unless they result in intractable arrhythmias or haemodynamically significant obstructions causing heart failure. Their presentation as a cause of congenital cyanosis is never anticipated. We report a rare case of a newborn presenting with congenital cyanosis consequent to suspected cardiac rhabdomyoma causing tricuspid inflow obstruction. Our experience with this patient with two large cardiac masses illustrates the significance of its inclusion in the differential diagnosis of perinatal cyanosis, as early detection and surgical management might be the only lifesaving options, if performed well in time...
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077181/at-what-age-should-tetralogy-of-fallot-be-corrected
#13
Julien I E Hoffman
Tetralogy of Fallot can be corrected with very low mortality at any age, even in neonates, but this does not necessarily mean that it should be corrected in the neonatal period. Although there are many advantages to early correction, a high proportion of these neonates have residual stenosis or pulmonary regurgitation that impairs ventricular function and may require further surgery or implantation of a pulmonary valve. Before we had the ability to correct this anomaly with low mortality in small children, a variety of palliative procedures had to be performed...
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077177/transcatheter-closure-of-secundum-atrial-septal-defects-has-fear-of-device-erosion-altered-outcomes
#14
Bryan Mitchelson, Clare O'Donnell, Peter Ruygrok, John Wright, John Stirling, Nigel Wilson
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter device closure has become the established standard of care for suitable atrial septal defects. Device erosion has been a recent focus and has prompted changes in the Instructions for Users documentation released by device companies. We reviewed our entire local experience with atrial septal defect device closure, focussing on the evolution of this procedure in our centre and particularly on complications. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective review of 581 consecutive patients undergoing attempted transcatheter device closure of an atrial septal defect in Auckland from December 1997 to June 2014...
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077176/main-pulmonary-artery-cross-section-ratio-is-low-in-fetuses-with-tetralogy-of-fallot-and-ductus-arteriosus-dependent-pulmonary-circulation
#15
Hironori Ebishima, Kenichi Kurosaki, Jun Yoshimatsu, Isao Shiraishi
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine fetal echocardiographic features of tetralogy of Fallot in association with postnatal outcomes. METHODS: The Z-scores of the main and bilateral pulmonary arteries and the aorta were measured, and the following variables were calculated in 13 fetuses with tetralogy of Fallot: pulmonary artery-to-aorta ratio and main pulmonary artery cross-section ratio - the main pulmonary artery diameter squared divided by the sum of the diameter squared of the left and right pulmonary arteries...
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995825/treatment-initiation-in-paediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-insights-from-a-multinational-registry
#16
Tilman Humpl, Rolf M F Berger, Eric D Austin, Margrit S Fasnacht Boillat, Damien Bonnet, Dunbar D Ivy, Malgorzata Zuk, Maurice Beghetti, Ingram Schulze-Neick
Different treatment options for pulmonary hypertension have emerged in recent years, and evidence-based management strategies have improved quality of life and survival in adults. In children with pulmonary vascular disease, therapeutic algorithms are not so clearly defined; this study determined current treatment initiation in children with pulmonary hypertension in participating centres of a registry. Through the multinational Tracking Outcomes and Practice in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension registry, patient demographics, diagnosis, and treatment as judged and executed by the local physician were collected...
December 20, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989261/task-shifting-to-clinical-officer-led-echocardiography-screening-for-detecting-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-malawi-africa
#17
Amy Sims Sanyahumbi, Craig A Sable, Melissa Karlsten, Mina C Hosseinipour, Peter N Kazembe, Charles G Minard, Daniel J Penny
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographic screening for rheumatic heart disease in asymptomatic children may result in early diagnosis and prevent progression. Physician-led screening is not feasible in Malawi. Task shifting to mid-level providers such as clinical officers may enable more widespread screening. Hypothesis With short-course training, clinical officers can accurately screen for rheumatic heart disease using focussed echocardiography. METHODS: A total of eight clinical officers completed three half-days of didactics and 2 days of hands-on echocardiography training...
December 19, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989257/high-dose-adenosine-for-refractory-supraventricular-tachycardia-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Gal Dadi, Daniel Fink, Giora Weiser
Supraventricular tachycardia is the most common significant arrhythmia in children. If prolonged, it may cause heart failure and progress to cardiogenic shock warranting prompt treatment. The recommended interventions following vagal manoeuvres are intravenous adenosine and in the unstable patient electrical cardioversion. We present an infant with an unstable supraventricular tachycardia that was resistant to electrical cardioversion and recommended doses of adenosine. He reverted to sinus rhythm with a higher dose of adenosine, suggesting that such doses may be required in refractory supraventricular tachycardia...
December 19, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989256/junctional-tachycardia-in-a-child-with-non-rheumatic-fever-streptococcal-pharyngitis
#19
Neha Bansal, Peter P Karpawich, Chenni S Sriram
Accelerated junctional rhythm has been reported in children in the setting of acute rheumatic fever; however, we describe a hitherto unreported case of isolated junctional tachycardia in a child with streptococcal pharyngitis, not meeting revised Jones criteria for rheumatic fever. A previously healthy, 9-year-old girl presented to the emergency department with complaints of sore throat, low-grade fever, and intermittent chest pain. She was found to have a positive rapid streptococcal antigen test. The initial electrocardiogram showed junctional tachycardia with atrioventricular dissociation in addition to prolonged and aberrant atrioventricular conduction...
December 19, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978862/serum-c-reactive-protein-levels-and-body-mass-index-in-children-and-adolescents-with-chd
#20
MaĆ­ra Ribas Goulart, Daniela Schneid Schuh, David W Moraes, Sandra Mari Barbiero, Lucia Campos Pellanda
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of overweight in children with CHD is about 26.9%. Increase in adipose tissue is related to the secretion of proinflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein. Assuming that children with CHD are exposed to other inherent risk factors for heart disease, our objective was to evaluate the correlation between levels of C-reactive protein and body mass index in children and adolescents with CHD. METHODS: A cross-sectional study with 377 children and adolescents with CHD in a clinical setting of a reference hospital was carried out...
December 16, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
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