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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295809/a-new-method-to-predict-the-need-for-a-rashkind-procedure-in-fetuses-with-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Maciej Słodki, Roland Axt-Fliedner, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Aline Wolter, Andreea Kawecki, Christian Enzensberge, Ewa Gulczyńska, Maria Respondek-Liberska
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal congenital heart disease classification system specify critical d-TGA with restriction of the foramen ovale (which requires Rashkind procedure) and planned d-TGA. However, current prenatal diagnostic criteria for post-delivery foramen ovale (FO) restriction in d-TGA are inadequate, resulting in a high false negative rate. We aim to find an echocardiographic features to predict the need for Rashkind procedure. METHODS: 98 patients from 2 European centers diagnosed prenatally with fetal d-TGA from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed and two groups were compared: 1) those in which the Rashkind procedure was performed within the first 24 hours of life; and 2) those who did not undergo a Rashkind procedure before cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283918/at-the-heart-of-the-pregnancy-what-prenatal-and-cardiovascular-genetic-counselors-need-to-know-about-maternal-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Ana Morales, Dawn C Allain, Patricia Arscott, Emily James, Gretchen MacCarrick, Brittney Murray, Crystal Tichnell, Amy R Shikany, Sara Spencer, Sara M Fitzgerald-Butt, Jessica D Kushner, Christi Munn, Emily Smith, Katherine G Spoonamore, Harikrishna S Tandri, W Aaron Kay
In the last decade, an increasing number of cardiac conditions have been shown to have a genetic basis. Cardiovascular genetic counseling has emerged as a subspecialty aiming to identify unaffected at-risk individuals. An important sector of this at-risk population also includes expectant mothers, in whom unique clinical challenges may arise. Genetic counselors, especially those in cardiovascular and prenatal settings, have an opportunity to identify and assist women who may benefit from cardiovascular care during pregnancy...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277918/concordance-of-fetal-echocardiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-cardiac-disease-utilizing-updated-guidelines
#3
Marijo Aguilera, Kirsten Dummer
OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the concordance of prenatally diagnosed congenital cardiac disease with postnatal echocardiography. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who underwent fetal echocardiograms performed by pediatric cardiologists at a single referral center from January to December 2014 were reviewed. Fetal echocardiography exams were performed in accordance with guidelines by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines (2013 and 2014, respectively)...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265962/treatment-of-fetal-supraventricular-tachycardia
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REVIEW
Bridget B Zoeller
Fetal arrhythmia is a common reason for referral to fetal cardiology. Fetal supraventricular tachycardia can be subdivided into several groups with the most common being re-entrant supraventricular tachycardia and atrial flutter. Fetal tachycardia can lead to hydrops fetalis, which increases the risk of fetal demise, perinatal morbidities, and premature delivery. The diagnosis of fetal tachycardia can be a challenge as a traditional electrocardiogram cannot be completed on a fetus, and other methods must be used by fetal echocardiogram...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215417/prenatal-diagnosis-of-the-criss-cross-heart
#5
Prasad Ravi, Deborah Fruitman, Lindsay Mills, Timothy Colen, Lisa K Hornberger
We sought to describe the prenatal features and postnatal outcomes of the "criss-cross heart" (CCH) with crossing atrioventricular connections as encountered in 5 cases and to review the literature regarding fetal diagnoses of this lesion. We reviewed the clinical history and fetal echocardiograms of 5 patients with a diagnosis of CCH encountered in our institution from 2010 to 2015. Affected pregnancies were identified through the University of Alberta fetal cardiology database. Fetal and postnatal echocardiograms, prenatal and postnatal clinical records, autopsy, and surgical reports were reviewed...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210991/extraction-of-fetal-ecg-signal-by-an-improved-method-using-extended-kalman-smoother-framework-from-single-channel-abdominal-ecg-signal
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D Panigrahy, P K Sahu
This paper proposes a five-stage based methodology to extract the fetal electrocardiogram (FECG) from the single channel abdominal ECG using differential evolution (DE) algorithm, extended Kalman smoother (EKS) and adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) framework. The heart rate of the fetus can easily be detected after estimation of the fetal ECG signal. The abdominal ECG signal contains fetal ECG signal, maternal ECG component, and noise. To estimate the fetal ECG signal from the abdominal ECG signal, removal of the noise and the maternal ECG component presented in it is necessary...
February 16, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197939/prenatal-counseling-of-fetal-congenital-heart-disease
#7
REVIEW
Caroline K Lee
The field of fetal cardiology has advanced greatly over the last two decades and congenital heart defects can now be identified in utero with a high level of accuracy. Prenatal counseling of parents given the news of a fetal cardiac defect is an important role of the fetal cardiologist. Prenatal counseling is a complex task that requires skill to perform and interpret fetal echocardiograms, an understanding of fetal and postnatal cardiovascular physiology, knowledge of therapeutic and surgical options, and of long-term outcomes including quality of life...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943388/is-the-short-axis-view-of-the-fetal-heart-useful-in-improving-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-outlet-ventricular-septal-defects
#8
Andrea Dall'Asta, Claudio Cavalli, Letizia Galli, Nicola Volpe, Adi Weiss, Christine Tita Kaihura, Aldo Agnetti, Tiziana Frusca, Tullio Ghi
OBJECTIVES: Outlet ventricular septal defects (VSDs) are usually suspected on the five-chamber view of the fetal heart; however, postnatal confirmation occurs only in a small number of cases. The aim of this study was to evaluate if the systematic assessment of the short axis view may improve the prediction of prenatally detected outlet VSDs. METHODS: Cases where isolated outlet VSD was suspected on the five-chamber view were assessed by using the short axis scanning plane for confirmation of the defect...
December 11, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862304/hypertension-and-pregnancy-expert-consensus-statement-from-the-french-society-of-hypertension-an-affiliate-of-the-french-society-of-cardiology
#9
Claire Mounier-Vehier, Jacques Amar, Jean-Marc Boivin, Thierry Denolle, Jean-Pierre Fauvel, Geneviève Plu-Bureau, Vassilis Tsatsaris, Jacques Blacher
High blood pressure in pregnancy remains, by its complications, the leading cause of morbidity as well as maternal and fetal mortality. The frequency (5-10% of pregnancies) and the potential severity of this disease, for both mother and child, encourage to standardize and to optimize our medical practices. If the short-term complications for the mother and child are well known, long-term ones for the mother are beginning to be better identified. The onset of hypertension during pregnancy disrupts the classic organization of health care and requires the intervention of the general practitioner and/or an obstetrician, a gynecologist, a midwife, a cardiologist, a nephrologist...
November 14, 2016: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860542/successful-fetal-tele-echo-at-a-small-regional-hospital
#10
Julianna Brown, Brian Holland
BACKGROUND: Prenatal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease (CHD) has been shown to improve newborn outcomes. The rate of prenatal diagnosis and access to fetal echocardiography vary widely across the United States. INTRODUCTION: A clinical fetal tele-echo service was established at King's Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) in Ashland, KY, a region in eastern Kentucky that is 3 h from the nearest congenital heart surgeon. The aim of this study was to determine if fetal tele-echo utilizing local sonographers at a small regional hospital can accurately and efficiently identify fetuses with complex CHD...
November 18, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843561/predictors-of-poor-outcome-among-children-with-heterotaxy-syndrome-a-retrospective-review
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Eiméar McGovern, Eoin Kelleher, James E Potts, John O'Brien, Kevin Walsh, Lars Nolke, Colin J McMahon
OBJECTIVE: To determine predictors of poor outcome in patients with heterotaxy syndrome. METHODS: A retrospective review of children with heterotaxy syndrome, in a single tertiary paediatric cardiology centre, was conducted between 1 January 1997 and 1 January 2014 to determine predictors of poor outcome. Poor outcome was defined as death, cardiac transplantation or New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class III or IV. RESULTS: There were 35 patients diagnosed with heterotaxy syndrome, 17 of whom were diagnosed antenatally...
2016: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788933/risk-of-aortic-dissection-in-pregnant-patients-with-the-marfan-syndrome
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Rafael Kuperstein, Tal Cahan, Rakefet Yoeli-Ullman, Sagit Ben Zekry, Amihay Shinfeld, Michal J Simchen
Patients with Marfan syndrome (MS) face a high risk of aortic dissection during pregnancy. A dilated aortic root (>40 to 45 mm) is considered a relative contraindication for pregnancy. We investigated the risk for aortic dissection and pregnancy outcome in patients with MS. Women with MS who attended our cardiology high-risk pregnancy clinic from 2006 to 2015 were followed clinically and with serial echocardiograms by a multidisciplinary team. Beta blockers were offered and titrated by blood pressure and heart rate...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27647352/ep07-07-atrioventricular-septal-defect-what-can-we-predict-for-neonates-based-on-prenatal-diagnosis%C3%A2-%C3%A2-retrospective-analysis-of-97-cases-from-a-tertiary-centre-for-fetal-cardiology
#13
M Soroka, M Respondek-Liberska, M Slodki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27645319/ep04-04-double-outlet-right-ventricle-what-can-we-predict-for-neonates-based-on-prenatal-diagnosis-retrospective-analysis-of-39-cases-from-tertiary-centre-for-fetal-cardiology
#14
M Soroka, M Respondek-Liberska, M Slodki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555314/the-virtual-obstetrical-intensive-care-unit-providing%C3%A2-critical-care-for-contemporary-obstetrics-in%C3%A2-nontraditional%C3%A2-locations
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Michael P Leovic, Hailey N Robbins, Michael R Foley, Roman S Starikov
Management of the critically ill pregnant patient presents a clinical dilemma in which there are sparse objective data to determine the optimal setting for provision of high-quality care to these patients. This clinical scenario will continue to present a challenge for providers as the chronic illness and comorbid conditions continue to become more commonly encountered in the obstetric population. Various care models exist across a broad spectrum of facilities that are characterized by differing levels of resources; however, no studies have identified which model provides the highest level of care and patient safety while maintaining a reasonable degree of cost-effectiveness...
December 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555292/transgenerational-cardiology-one-way-to-a-baby-s-heart-is-through-the-mother
#16
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27521762/an-exploration-of-the-potential-utility-of-fetal-cardiovascular-mri-as-an-adjunct-to-fetal-echocardiography
#17
David F A Lloyd, Joshua F P van Amerom, Kuberan Pushparajah, John M Simpson, Vita Zidere, Owen Miller, Gurleen Sharland, Joanna Allsop, Matthew Fox, Maelene Lohezic, Maria Murgasova, Christina Malamateniou, Jo V Hajnal, Mary Rutherford, Reza Razavi
OBJECTIVES: Fetal cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers a potential alternative to echocardiography, although in practice, its use has been limited. We sought to explore the need for additional imaging in a tertiary fetal cardiology unit and the usefulness of standard MRI sequences. METHODS: Cases where the diagnosis was not fully resolved using echocardiography were referred for MRI. Following a three-plane localiser, fetal movement was assessed with a balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) cine...
October 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27402294/-hypertension-and-pregnancy-expert-consensus-statement-from-the-french-society-of-hypertension-an-affiliate-of-the-french-society-of-cardiology
#18
Claire Mounier-Vehier, Jacques Amar, Jean-Marc Boivin, Thierry Denolle, Jean-Pierre Fauvel, Geneviève Plu-Bureau, Vassilis Tsatsaris, Jacques Blacher
High blood pressure in pregnancy remains, by its complications, the leading cause of morbidity and maternal and fetal mortality. The frequency (5 to 10% of pregnancies) and the potential severity of this disease, both for mother and child, encourage to standardize and to optimize our medical practices. This is the main objective of this work. If the short-term complications for the mother and child are well known, long-term ones for the mother beginning to be better identified (in particular, the risk of recurrence in a subsequent pregnancy, the risk of chronic hypertension and the increased risk of cardiovascular events)...
July 2016: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27384461/pulmonary-hypertension-and-pregnancy-outcomes-data-from-the-registry-of-pregnancy-and-cardiac-disease-ropac-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology
#19
Karen Sliwa, Iris M van Hagen, Werner Budts, Lorna Swan, Gianfranco Sinagra, Maryanne Caruana, Manuel Vazquez Blanco, Lodewijk J Wagenaar, Mark R Johnson, Gary Webb, Roger Hall, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink
AIMS: To describe the outcomes of pregnancy in women with pulmonary hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 2007 the European Registry on Pregnancy and Heart Disease was initiated by the European Society of Cardiology. Consecutive patients with all forms of cardiovascular disease, presenting with pregnancy, were enrolled with the aim of investigating the pregnancy outcomes. This subgroup of the cohort included 151 women with pulmonary hypertension (PH) either diagnosed by right heart catheterization or diagnosed as possible PH by echocardiographic signs, with 26% having pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), in three subgroups: idiopathic (iPAH), associated with congenital heart disease (CHD-PAH), or associated with other disease (oPAH), and 74% having PH caused by left heart disease (LHD-PH, n = 112)...
September 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27376569/ventricular-tachyarrhythmia-during-pregnancy-in-women-with-heart-disease-data-from-the-ropac-a-registry-from-the-european-society-of-cardiology
#20
Ebru Ertekin, Iris M van Hagen, Amar M Salam, Titia P E Ruys, Mark R Johnson, Jana Popelova, William A Parsonage, Zeinab Ashour, Avraham Shotan, José M Oliver, Gruschen R Veldtman, Roger Hall, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink
OBJECTIVES: To describe the incidence, onset, predictors and outcome of ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VTA) in pregnant women with heart disease. BACKGROUND: VTA during pregnancy will cause maternal morbidity and even mortality and will have impact on fetal outcome. Insufficient data exist on the incidence and outcome of VTA in pregnancy. METHODS AND RESULTS: From January 2007 up to October 2013, 99 hospitals in 39 countries enrolled 2966 pregnancies in women with structural heart disease...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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