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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814350/involvement-of-patients-and-parents-in-research-undertaken-by-the-australian-and-new-zealand-fontan-registry
#1
Yves d'Udekem, Victoria Forsdick, Karin du Plessis
Research that is closely connected with the population it is studying and in which the translational value to healthcare is high is a laudable goal, but it is not often achieved. The Australian and New Zealand Fontan Registry has developed a model for involving patients and parents of children with a Fontan circulation in its research. The model involves consumer participation in the overarching Steering Committee, and has set in place multiple channels of communication allowing the early dissemination of research findings before peer-reviewing, and consumer feedback at all levels of the research...
August 17, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803590/differential-protein-analysis-of-serum-exosomes-post-intravenous-immunoglobulin-therapy-in-patients-with-kawasaki-disease
#2
Li Zhang, Qi-Fang Song, Jing-Jie Jin, Ping Huang, Zhou-Ping Wang, Xiao-Fei Xie, Xiao-Qiong Gu, Xue-Juan Gao, Hong-Ling Jia
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease, which is characterised by systemic vasculitides accompanied by acute fever, is regularly treated by intravenous immunoglobulin to avoid lesion formation in the coronary artery; however, the mechanism of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy is unclear. Hence, we aimed to analyse the global expression profile of serum exosomal proteins before and after administering intravenous immunoglobulin. METHODS: Two-dimensional electrophoresis coupled with mass spectrometry analysis was used to identify the differentially expressed proteome of serum exosomes in patients with Kawasaki disease before and after intravenous immunoglobulin therapy...
August 14, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803588/the-history-of-paediatric-cardiology-on-stamps
#3
Hazım A Gursu, Ibrahim I Cetin
Paediatric cardiology is arguably the sub-specialty in which the greatest advances have been made in both disease diagnosis and treatment over the past half a century. Paediatric cardiology emerged as a discipline in the 1930s. Since then, advances in imaging techniques such as echocardiography, angiography, CT, or magnetic resonance and extracorporeal circulation have provided excellent diagnosis and treatment of CHD. The pioneers of paediatric cardiology are more than eponyms, for each used in new and original ways the tools and concepts available in his or her era...
August 14, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797314/intravenous-sotalol-use-in-a-complex-critically-ill-child-balancing-the-systems-in-choosing-antiarrhythmic-medication
#4
Michele M Pasierb, Stephen P Seslar
In critically ill children, multi-organ-system disease can influence the choice of antiarrhythmic medication. Intravenous therapy is often necessary. There is a scarcity of paediatric critical-care cases demonstrating the dosing, monitoring, and efficacy of intravenous sotalol. This case demonstrates the effective use of intravenous sotalol in an adolescent with renal, hepatic, and haematological dysfunctions.
August 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797313/intravenous-immunoglobulins-in-children-with-new-onset-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#5
Josephine F Heidendael, Suzanne L Den Boer, Joanne G Wildenbeest, Michiel Dalinghaus, Bart Straver, Dasja Pajkrt
BACKGROUND: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a rare but serious disorder in children. No effective diagnostic or treatment tools are readily available. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulins in children with new onset dilated cardiomyopathy. Methods and results In this retrospective cohort study, 94 children with new onset dilated cardiomyopathy were followed during a median period of 33 months. All patients with secondary dilated cardiomyopathy - for example, genetic, auto-immune or structural defects - had been excluded...
August 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789718/cardiovascular-pre-participation-screening-in-young-athletes-recommendations-of-the-association-of-european-paediatric-cardiology
#6
Peter Fritsch, Robert Dalla Pozza, Doris Ehringer-Schetitska, Eero Jokinen, Vesna Herceg, Erzsebet Hidvegi, Renate Oberhoffer, Andreas Petropoulos
Sudden death in young competitive athletes can be avoided by implementation of pre-participation screening programmes. A screening programme should be performed only by trained physicians and should include the athlete's personal and family history, physical examination results, and the readings from a 12-lead-electrocardiogram. The athlete should undergo this screening programme every second year to detect progressive diseases. In addition, the programme should include detailed instructions to the athletes to pause training during infections in order to prevent sudden death due to myocarditis...
August 9, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28786367/pulmonary-vasodilator-therapy-in-tetralogy-of-fallot-with-pulmonary-atresia-and-major-aortopulmonary-collaterals-case-series-and-review-of-literature
#7
Sotiria C Apostolopoulou, George Vagenakis, Spyridon Rammos
We present the use of pulmonary vasodilators in three adult patients with unrepaired tetralogy of Fallot, pulmonary atresia, aortopulmonary collaterals, and segmental pulmonary arterial hypertension. Patients improved by 1-2 NYHA classes with modest exercise-tolerance increase, and remained stable without side effects during 2.5, 10, and 14 years. Literature review revealed five studies with pulmonary vasodilators in heterogeneous, mostly repaired patient populations.
August 8, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28784200/association-between-oral-sildenafil-dosing-predicted-exposure-and-systemic-hypotension-in-hospitalised-infants
#8
Christoph P Hornik, Nikolas J Onufrak, P Brian Smith, Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, Matthew M Laughon, Reese H Clark, Daniel Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: The relationship between sildenafil dosing, exposure, and systemic hypotension in infants is incompletely understood. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to characterise the relationship between predicted sildenafil exposure and hypotension in hospitalised infants. METHODS: We extracted information on sildenafil dosing and clinical characteristics from electronic health records of 348 neonatal ICUs from 1997 to 2013, and we predicted drug exposure using a population pharmacokinetic model...
August 8, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28784195/perinatal-and-early-postnatal-outcomes-for-fetuses-with-prenatally-diagnosed-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-a-prospective-cohort-study-assessing-the-effect-of-standardised-prenatal-consultation
#9
Yanji Qu, Shusheng Wen, Xiaoqing Liu, Wei Pan, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Yanqiu Ou, Zhiqiang Nie, Xiangmin Gao, Yong Wu, Richard G Ohye, Jimei Chen, Jian Zhuang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore perinatal and early postnatal outcomes in fetuses with prenatally diagnosed d-transposition of the great arteries and impacts of standardised prenatal consultation. METHODS: All fetuses with prenatally diagnosed d-transposition of the great arteries prospectively enrolled at South China cardiac centre from 2011 to 2015. Standardised prenatal consultation was introduced in 2013 and comprehensive measures were implemented, such as establishing fetal CHD Outpatient Consultation Service, performing standard prenatal consultation according to specifications, and establishing a multidisciplinary team with senior specialists performing in-person consultations...
August 8, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28784194/coronary-artery-spasm-in-a-neonate-with-transposition-of-great-arteries-a-rare-complication-and-reason-for-heart-transplant
#10
Neha Bansal, Ralph E Delius, Sanjeev Aggarwal
Arterial switch operation has become the standard of care for d-transposition of great arteries and has excellent short- and long-term outcomes. We report the case of a newborn with a diagnosis of d-transposition of great arteries with intact ventricular septum and a low-risk coronary artery anatomy who developed coronary artery vasospasm while coming off bypass following arterial switch operation in the operating room. The coronary artery spasm led to severe biventricular dysfunction and need for extracorporeal membranous oxygenation support...
August 8, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780922/post-transplant-lymphoproliferative-disease-is-associated-with-early-sternotomy-and-left-ventricular-hypoplasia-during-infancy-a-population-based-retrospective-review
#11
Britt-Marie Ekman-Joelsson, Håkan Wåhlander, Mats Synnergren, Madeleine Sager, Karin Mellgren
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation has been an option for children in Sweden since 1989. As our unit faced an increased rate of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, the objective of the study was to identify possible risk factors. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of all children aged 0-18 years who underwent heart transplantation in Gothenburg from 1989 to 2014. RESULTS: A total of 71 children underwent heart transplantation...
August 7, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780920/left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-without-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-in-obese-children-and-adolescents-a-tissue-doppler-imaging-and-cardiac-troponin-i-study
#12
Sonia A El Saiedi, Marwa F Mira, Sahar A Sharaf, Maysoun M Al Musaddar, Rania M H El Kaffas, Antoine F AbdelMassih, Ihab H Y Barsoum
BACKGROUND: Obesity increases the risk for various cardiovascular problems. Increase in body mass index is often an independent risk factor for the development of elevated blood pressure and clustering of various cardiovascular risk factors. OBJECTIVE: To determine early markers of left ventricular affection in obese patients before the appearance of left ventricular hypertrophy. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we evaluated 42 obese patients and 30 healthy controls...
August 7, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780919/anthracycline-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-patients-with-paediatric-bone-sarcoma-and-soft-tissue-sarcoma
#13
Ilaria Bini, Sebastian D Asaftei, Chiara Riggi, Elisa Tirtei, Rosaria Manicone, Eleonora Biasin, Maria Eleonora Basso, Gabriella Agnoletti, Franca Fagioli
OBJECTIVES: Anthracycline cardiotoxicity is an important side-effect in long-term childhood cancer survivors. We evaluated the incidence of and factors associated with anthracycline cardiotoxicity in a population of patients diagnosed with bone or soft tissue sarcoma. Materials and methods We retrospectively enrolled patients diagnosed with bone or soft tissue sarcoma, from 1995 to 2011, treated with anthracycline chemotherapy at our Centre and with a follow-up echocardiography carried out ⩾3 years from cardiotoxic therapy completion...
August 7, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780917/filling-a-significant-gap-in-the-cardiac-icu-implementation-of-individualised-developmental-care
#14
Samantha C Butler, Kate Huyler, Aditya Kaza, Chris Rachwal
Mortality rates among children with CHD have significantly declined, although the incidence of neurological abnormalities and neurodevelopmental impairment has increased. Research has focussed on outcomes, with limited attention on prevention and intervention. Although some developmental differences and challenges seen in children with CHD are explained by the cumulative effect of medical complications associated with CHD, many sequelae are not easily explained by medical complications alone. Although cardiac intensive care is lifesaving, it creates high levels of environmental and tactile stimulation, which potentially contribute to adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes...
August 7, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770696/left-main-coronary-artery-atresia-in-a-child-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#15
Tomohiro Hayashi, Kenji Waki, Yoshio Arakaki
Congenital atresia of the left coronary artery is a very rare condition. We report a case of a 13-year-old boy who was followed-up at our outpatient clinic from 6 months of age because of heart murmur. He had no symptoms for more than 10 years, and his left ventricular contraction was normal. Exercise electrocardiogram was performed at 7 and 10 years of age, and ST depression was not observed. He presented with chest pain and syncope on exertion at the ages of 11 and 12 years, respectively, and ST depression on exercise electrocardiogram was detected for the first time at 13 years of age...
August 3, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770692/effect-of-high-dose-oral-cholecalciferol-on-cardiac-mechanics-in-children-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#16
Murat Deveci, Mehmet Baha Aytaç, Gürkan Altun, Özlem Kayabey, Kadir Babaoğlu
Cardiovascular factors are an important cause of mortality in chronic kidney disease, and vitamin-D deficiency is common in this patient population. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the effect of oral cholecalciferol on cardiac mechanics in children with chronic kidney disease. A total of 41 children with chronic kidney disease - the patient group - and 24 healthy subjects - the control group - free of any underlying cardiac or renal disease with low 25-hydroxyvitamin-D3 levels were evaluated by conventional tissue Doppler imaging and two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography, both at baseline and following Stoss vitamin-D supplementation...
August 3, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760170/evaluation-of-cardiac-autonomic-function-using-heart-rate-variability-in-children-with-acute-carbon-monoxide-poisoning
#17
Cagdas Vural, Ener Cagri Dinleyici, Pelin Kosger, Ozge Bolluk, Zubeyir Kilic, Birsen Ucar
Introduction Carbon monoxide poisoning may cause myocardial toxicity and cardiac autonomic dysfunction, which may contribute to the development of life-threatening arrhythmias. We investigated the potential association between acute carbon monoxide exposure and cardiac autonomic function measured by heart rate variability. METHOD: The present study included 40 children aged 1-17 years who were admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with acute carbon monoxide poisoning and 40 healthy age- and sex-matched controls...
August 1, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707608/atrial-septal-defect-and-an-unusual-anatomical-variant-of-double-chambered-right-ventricle-presenting-with-cyanosis
#18
Abraham Rothman, Gagandeep Singh, William N Evans
We treated two patients with unexplained cyanosis, an atrial septal defect and an unusual form of non-obstructive double-chambered right ventricle, with device closure of the atrial septal defect.
July 14, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703088/poor-blood-pressure-control-in-adults-with-repaired-coarctation-of-the-aorta-and-hypertension-a-register-based-study-of-associated-factors
#19
Daniel Rinnström, Mikael Dellborg, Ulf Thilén, Peder Sörensson, Niels-Erik Nielsen, Christina Christersson, Martin Ugander, Bengt Johansson
BACKGROUND: Arterial hypertension is common in adults with repaired coarctation of the aorta, and is associated with several severe complications. Aims This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of poorly controlled (⩾140/90 mmHg) blood pressure among patients with diagnosed hypertension and to identify associated factors. METHODS: In the national register for CHD, adults with repaired coarctation of the aorta and diagnosed hypertension - defined as a registry diagnosis and/or use of anti-hypertensive prescription medication - were identified...
July 13, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693641/arterial-switch-operation-in-patients-with-transposition-and-a-left-sided-aorta
#20
Sachin Talwar, Robert H Anderson, Pradeep Ramakrishnan, Amolkumar Bhoje, Saurabh Gupta, Shiv Kumar Choudhary, Balram Airan
OBJECTIVES: Arterial switch operation is the treatment of choice in infants with transposed arterial trunks. It is technically challenging to perform in patients having usual atrial arrangement and concordant atrioventricular connections but having a left-sided aorta. Correction in this setting requires surgical expertise and precision. Here we review our experience with such patients. METHODS: Between January, 2002 and October, 2013, the arterial switch operation was performed in 20 patients in the combination emphasised above...
July 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
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