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Congenital cardiology

S Harikrishnan, G Sanjay, M Ashishkumar, Jaideep Menon, G Rajesh, R Krishna Kumar
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease associated with a high morbidity and mortality. There is paucity of data regarding PH from the developing countries including India. Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension is the most important etiological factor in the western world, but PH secondary to rheumatic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and untreated congenital heart disease could well be the predominant causes in developing countries like India. The main objective of the PROKERALA study - Pulmonary hypertension Registry Of Kerala is to collect data regarding the etiology, practice patterns and one-year outcomes of patients diagnosed to have PH...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
H Kaemmerer, C Apitz, K Brockmeier, A Eicken, M Gorenflo, A Hager, F deHaan, M Huntgeburth, R Kozlik-Feldmann, O Miera, G P Diller
The 2015 European Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension are also valid for Germany. The guidelines contain detailed recommendations for different forms of PH, and specifically address PH associated with congenital heart disease (CHD). However, the practical implementation of the European Guidelines in Germany requires the consideration of several country-specific issues and already existing novel data. This requires a detailed commentary to the guidelines, and in some aspects an update already appears necessary...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Kara N Durski, Carol Tituli, Divi Ogaoga, Jennie Musto, Cynthia Joshua, Alfred Dofai, Jennie Leydon, Eric Nilles
INTRODUCTION: During May 2012, a rubella outbreak was declared in Solomon Islands. A suspected case of congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) was reported from one hospital 11 months later in 2013. This report describes the subsequent CRS investigation, findings and measures implemented. METHODS: Prospective CRS surveillance was conducted at the newborn nursery, paediatric and post-natal wards, and the paediatric cardiology and ophthalmology clinics of the study hospital from April to July 2013...
January 2016: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
Fabio de Araujo Motta, Libera Maria Dalla-Costa, Marisol Dominguez Muro, Andrea Lenzi, Gledson Luiz Picharski, Marion Burger
BACKGROUND: Candida species are the primary cause of invasive fungal infection in hospitalized children. There are few data on risk factors for postoperative candidemia in pediatric patients with congenital heart defects. This study aimed to identify risk factors for candidemia in patients with congenital heart defects who underwent cardiac surgery. METHODS: This was a case-control study conducted in patients admitted to a pediatric cardiology intensive care unit from January 2006 to December 2013...
November 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Ana L Neves, Tiago Henriques-Coelho, Adelino Leite-Moreira, José C Areias
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to evaluate the clinical utility of brain natriuretic peptide in pediatric patients, examining the diagnostic value, management, and prognostic relevance, by critical assessment of the literature. DATA SOURCES: In December 2015, a literature search was performed (PubMed access to MEDLINE citations; and included these Medical Subject Headings and text terms for the key words: "brain natriuretic peptide," "amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide," "children," "neonate/s," "newborn/s," "infant/s," and "echocardiography...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Martin Christmann, Ricarda Hoop, Hitendu Dave, Daniel Quandt, Walter Knirsch, Oliver Kretschmar
INTRODUCTION: Coronary artery fistula (CAF) is a rare congenital anomalous connection between the coronary arteries (CA) and a cardiac chamber or great vessel. Treatment options of symptomatic CAF consist of transcatheter or surgical closure. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of all patients with CAF diagnosed between 1993 and 2014 concerning treatment approaches and follow-up after closure. RESULTS: In a cohort of more than 25000 patients, 194 (<0...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Zijo Begic, Edin Begic, Senka Mesihovic-Dinarevic, Izet Masic, Senad Pesto, Mirza Halimic, Almira Kadic, Amra Dobraca
OBJECTIVE: To show the place and role of continuous electrocardiographic twenty-four-hour ECG monitoring in daily clinical practice of pediatric cardiologists. METHODS: According to protocol, 2753 patients underwent dynamic continuous ECG Holter monitoring (data collected from the "Register of ECG Holter monitoring" of Pediatric Clinic, UCC Sarajevo in period April 2003- April 2015). RESULTS: There were 50,5% boys and 49,5% girls, aged from birth to 19 years (1,63% - neonates and infants, 2,6% - toddlers, 9,95% - preschool children, 35,5% - gradeschoolers and 50,3% children in puberty and adolescence)...
July 16, 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
Michael B Stokes, Nitesh Nerlekar, Stuart Moir, Karen S Teo
BACKGROUND: Imaging of the heart is important in the diagnosis and follow-up of a broad range of cardiac pathology. The authors discuss the growing role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in cardiology practice and its relevance to primary healthcare. OBJECTIVE: In this article we discuss the advantages of CMR over other imaging modalities, and give a brief description of the common CMR techniques and cardiac pathologies where CMR is especially useful. DISCUSSION: CMR provides specific advantages over other cardiac imaging modalities when evaluating pathology in congenital heart disease, cardiac masses, cardiomyopathies, and in some aspects of ischaemic and valvular heart diseases...
October 2016: Australian Family Physician
Peter N Dean, Robert W Battle
Since outcomes for patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) have greatly improved, most patients with CHD are surviving into adulthood and creating dilemmas for practitioners with regard to competitive sports participation. Much time, effort, and expertise have gone into developing the new American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology's guidelines and the European Society of Cardiology's guidelines. Practitioners should consult the guidelines but also be aware of gaps in the literature and should individualize recommendations for each patient...
November 2016: Cardiology Clinics
Jara E Jonker, Eryn T Liem, Nynke J Elzenga, Bouwe Molenbuur, Monika Trzpis, Paul M A Broens
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of congenital heart defects (CHDs) in patients with mild or severe congenital anorectal malformations (CARMs), and whether all patients with CARM need pediatric cardiology screening. STUDY DESIGN: We included 129 patients with CARM born between 2004 and 2013, and referred to University Medical Center Groningen. Recto-perineal and recto-vestibular fistulas were classified as mild CARMs, all others as severe. Significant patent foramen ovale, secundum atrial septal defect, and small ventricular septum defect were classified as minor CHDs, all others as major...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
A M M Strijbosch, R Zwart, N A Blom, B J Bouma, M Groenink, S M Boekholdt, R de Winter, B J M Mulder, A P Backx
INTRODUCTION: Adolescents with congenital heart disease transition from a paediatric to an adult setting. This is associated with loss-to-follow-up and suboptimal care. Increasing numbers of patients justify a special program. In this study we evaluated the cooperative program between paediatric and adult cardiology departments in a tertiary referral centre. METHODS: In this retrospective study, patients with congenital heart disease with at least one appointment scheduled at the transition program between January 2010 and January 2015 were included...
November 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
Jeremy P Moore, Blandine Mondésert, Michael S Lloyd, Stephen C Cook, Ali N Zaidi, Robert H Pass, Anitha S John, Frank A Fish, Kevin M Shannon, Jamil A Aboulhosn, Paul Khairy
BACKGROUND: Sudden cardiac death is a major contributor to mortality for adults with congenital heart disease. The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has emerged as a novel tool for prevention of sudden cardiac death, but clinical performance data for adults with congenital heart disease are limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective study involving 7 centers over a 5-year period beginning in 2011 was performed. Twenty-one patients (median 33...
September 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Kathryn Browning Carmo, Tracey Lutz, Andrew Berry, Martin Kluckow, Nick Evans
AIM: To determine the role of clinician performed ultrasound (CPU) during the retrieval and transport of critically ill term and near term newborns. METHODS: A neonatologist with portable ultrasound accompanied a sample of newborn retrievals to perform cardiac and cerebral ultrasound before and after transportation. RESULTS: A total of fifty-five babies were studied. Median birthweight: 3350 g (2220-5030 g). CPU led to a change in the planned receiving hospital in ten babies...
September 15, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Shaad Abqari, Akash Gupta, Tabassum Shahab, M U Rabbani, S Manazir Ali, Uzma Firdaus
INTRODUCTION: Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are an important cause of mortality and morbidity in children representing a major global health burden. It is thus important to determine their prevalence and spectrum and identify risk factors associated with the development of heart defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A case-control study was carried out in the Department of Pediatrics and Center of Cardiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, from February 2014 to August 2015...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
Usman Rashid, Ahmad U Qureshi, Syed N Hyder, Masood Sadiq
OBJECTIVE: To determine the delay in diagnosis of various types of congenital heart defects in children and factors associated with such delay. PATIENTS AND METHODS: For this observational study, 354 patients having congenital heart disease (CHD) presenting for the first time to the Department of Cardiology, Children's Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan, between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015, were enrolled after obtaining informed verbal consent from the guardian of each child...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
Marco Morosin, Valeria Leonelli, Rita Piazza, Matteo Cassin, Luigi Neglia, Elisa Leiballi, Eugenio Cervesato, Giulia Barbati, Gianfranco Sinagra, Gian Luigi Nicolosi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is the most common congenital cardiac malformation. The aim of the present article is to determine clinical and echocardiographic prognostic factors and provide a predictive model of outcome of a large cohort of patients with BAV. METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 337 patients consecutively assessed for echocardiography at our Cardiology Department from 1993 to 2014. We considered aortic valve replacement, aortic surgery and cardiovascular death as a clinical combined end-point...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Fred M Wu, Michael G Earing, Jamil A Aboulhosn, Melanie E Johncilla, Michael N Singh, Robert D Odze, Chinweike Ukomadu, Kimberlee Gauvreau, Michael J Landzberg, Anne Marie Valente
BACKGROUND: Hepatic fibrosis is highly prevalent in individuals with Fontan circulation. FibroSure (LabCorp, Burlington, NC) and hyaluronic acid (HA) have been validated for assessment of hepatic fibrosis in several forms of liver disease. We sought to determine whether these tests could identify Fontan patients with advanced hepatic fibrosis or cirrhosis. METHODS: Subjects who had liver biopsy and FibroSure or HA testing within 6 months of biopsy were identified from the Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology Fontan Liver Health study...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Steven H Abman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pediatric pulmonary vascular disease contributes to morbidities and death in diverse clinical settings, ranging from idiopathic or heritable forms of pediatric arterial hypertension, congenital heart disease, developmental lung disorders, chronic lung disease, left heart disease, sickle cell disease, oncologic disease, and systemic disorders. Despite its impact on the clinical courses in so many diseases, information is limited on how to best approach the diagnosis and evaluation of pediatric pulmonary hypertension...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Paul Khairy, Jamil Aboulhosn, Craig S Broberg, Scott Cohen, Stephen Cook, Annie Dore, Susan M Fernandes, Anne Fournier, Joseph Kay, Sylvie Levesque, Laurent Macle, François Marcotte, Blandine Mondésert, François-Pierre Mongeon, Alexander R Opotowsky, Anna Proietti, Lena Rivard, Jennifer Ting, Bernard Thibault, Ali Zaidi, Robert Hamilton
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data to guide decisions regarding thromboprophylaxis for atrial arrhythmias in congenital heart disease. METHODS: A retrospective multicenter cohort study enrolled patients with documented sustained atrial arrhythmias and congenital heart disease from 12 North American centers to quantify thromboembolic and bleeding rates associated with antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapy, and explore associated factors. A blinded committee adjudicated all qualifying arrhythmias and outcomes...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Patrick Y Jay, Ehiole Akhirome, Rachel A Magnan, M Rebecca Zhang, Lillian Kang, Yidan Qin, Nelson Ugwu, Suk Dev Regmi, Julie M Nogee, James M Cheverud
Despite decades of progress, congenital heart disease remains a major cause of mortality and suffering in children and young adults. Prevention would be ideal, but formidable biological and technical hurdles face any intervention that seeks to target the main causes, genetic mutations in the embryo. Other factors, however, significantly modify the total risk in individuals who carry mutations. Investigation of these factors could lead to an alternative approach to prevention. To define the risk modifiers, our group has taken an "experimental epidemiologic" approach via inbred mouse strain crosses...
November 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
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