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Martin Schweiger, Angela Lorts, Jennifer Conway
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Increased miniaturization of ventricular assist devices (VADs) and new mechanical support strategies (MCS) has increased the use of MCS in the pediatric and congenital heart disease (CHD) population. This comes with the need for care providers specialized in this field to determine optimal patient and device selection, and to improve outcomes and decrease complication rates for new innovative strategies. A review of the published literature in this field is timely and relevant...
March 20, 2018: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Qian Li, Wenying Zhu, Bei Zhang, Yiping Wu, Yufeng Yuan, Haiyan Zhang, Jie Li, Kai Sun, Hua Wang, Tingting Yu
Background: Many long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), including lncRNA MALAT1, are involved in various cardiac diseases. We evaluated the effects of tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (tag-SNPs) on MALAT1 gene in a Chinese population of children with congenital heart disease (CHD). Methods:  In the present study, 713 CHD patients and 730 gender- and age-matched newborns without CHD were genotyped for MALAT1 tag-SNPs rs11227209, rs619586, and rs3200401. Further investigation of SNP's function was performed by luciferase assay...
March 20, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Łukasz A Małek, Marzena Barczuk-Falęcka, Michał Brzewski
The purpose of the study was to analyse whether prolonged and regular physical training in children leads to changes in myocardial systolic deformation and rotational mechanics. For that purpose, cardiac MRI feature tracking was performed retrospectively in 35 pre-adolescent male soccer players and 20 matched controls. There were no changes in global strain, but left ventricular twist and apical rotation were greater in soccer players, which adds to the features of paediatric athlete's heart.
March 21, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Meghann McKane, Debra A Dodd, Bret A Mettler, Kari A Wujcik, Justin Godown
BACKGROUND: Many pediatric heart transplant recipients live a significant distance from their transplant center. This results in families either traveling long distances or relying on outside physicians to assume aspects of their care. Distance has been implicated to play a role in congenital heart disease outcomes, but its impact on heart transplantation has not been reported. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of distance on pediatric heart transplant outcomes. METHODS: The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients database was queried for all pediatric heart transplant recipients from large US children's hospitals (1987-2014)...
January 1, 2018: Progress in Transplantation
Xiaowei Cong, Xijin Xu, Long Xu, Minghui Li, Cheng Xu, Qilin Qin, Xia Huo
Air pollution is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cardiovascular regulatory changes in childhood contribute to the development and progression of cardiovascular events at older ages. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of air pollutant exposure on the child sympatho-adrenomedullary (SAM) system, which plays a vital role in regulating and controlling the cardiovascular system. Two plasma biomarkers (plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine) of SAM activity and heart rate were measured in preschool children (n = 228) living in Guiyu, and native (n = 104) and non-native children (n = 91) living in a reference area (Haojiang) for >1 year...
March 17, 2018: Environment International
Santiago Mencía, Alba Palacios, Miriam García, Ana M Llorente, Olga Ordóñez, Blanca Toledo, Jesús López-Herce
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the effectiveness of inhaled sevoflurane in critically ill children with challenging sedation. DESIGN: Prospective case series. SETTING: Two PICUs of university hospitals in Spain. INTERVENTIONS: Prospective observational study and exploratory investigation conducted in two PICUs in Madrid, Spain, over a 6-year period. Children treated with inhaled sevoflurane due to difficult sedation were included...
March 19, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
M Angeles Tejero Hernández, Elena García Martínez, M José Arroyo Marin, Elena Gómez Guzmán
The cardiorenal syndrome has been defined as a situation in which therapy to relieve congestive symptoms of heart failure is limited by a decreased renal function. The resistance to conventional diuretic treatment makes difficult managing these patients. Tolvaptan, a selective vasopressin-2 receptor antagonist, has been used successfully in adults with this pathology but the experience with children is very limited. A five-year-old girl with renal failure waiting for a heart transplant is presented. Tolvaptan (0...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Hung-Chi Lue, Mei-Hwan Wu, Jou-Kou Wang, Min-Tai Lin, Chun-Wei Lu, Shuenn-Nan Chiu, Chun-An Chen, En-Ting Wu, Ching-Chia Wang, Chun-Min Fu, Wei-Chien Tseng, Wei-Hsuan Chang, Meng-Chang Lee
Normal ECG values in newborns, infants, and children have been collected and published. ECG in the adolescent, however, remains, to be collected and studied. The present study was designed and carried out to establish the normal ECG standards in male and female adolescents. A total of 898 school children and adolescents screened and examined as healthy were divided by age and sex into 6-9, 9-13, and 13-18 years age-groups. A 12 lead conventional ECG was recorded in 10 mm/mV and 25 mm/s, utilizing an automated Fukuda Denshi FCP-4301, MS-DOS/IBM-AT ECG machine...
March 19, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
K Schneider
The radiographic technique of pediatric chest X‑rays is substantially different from that in adults. In nearly all cases ap/pa X‑rays are sufficient and lateral radiographs are rarely needed. In the first years of life the thymus may overshadow the heart, the great vessels and the lung hila. The most important anatomical structures essential for diagnosing pathological findings of the lungs and mediastinum are the trachea with the bifurcation and the main bronchi with the adjacent great vessels. For the assessment of distended lungs and intrathoracic consolidations, fundamental knowledge of the anatomy in childhood and malformations which can involve the airways, the lungs, the heart, as well as systemic and pulmonary vessels are indispensable...
March 19, 2018: Der Radiologe
Rui Zhang, Caihong Huo, Xingning Wang, Bo Dang, Yaning Mu, Yuying Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Published studies indicated that the MTHFR gene polymorphisms C677T and A1298C are associated with congenital heart disease (CHD) risk in children, but obtained inconsistent results. Our study aims to reach a more accurate association between these two polymorphisms and CHD risk. METHODS: Eligible studies were obtained by screening the PubMed, Embase, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wan Fang and VIP databases based on designed searching strategy...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Jia Hu, Chen-Gang Teng, Guang-Ping Chu, Di Han, Han Fu, Yi-Kai Zhou, Qi Wang, Bo Wang, Hui Shen, Fang Liu, Hai-Bing Yang
The purpose of this study was to analyze the association between resting heart rate (RHR) and prevalence of hypertension in Chinese children and to identify if this association was mediated by body mass index (BMI). The data of 5445 children who participated in the Blood Pressure Surveillance Program (2011-2017) were analyzed in this study. Children were divided into four groups according to quartiles of RHR in boys and girls, respectively. Compared to those in the first quartile, boys and girls in the fourth quartile were 3...
March 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Abeer A Nasir, Razan Salah, Abla Sayyed Ahmad, Samah Abu Hijleh, Sa'eed Abu Kattab, Alia Al Kurd, Rawan Al Sharif, Raed Amro, Ahmad Khatib, Hana' Mousa, Walaa Shamasnah, Khammisa Shqerat, Rita Giacaman
BACKGROUND: Hamm is an Arabic word that is used to express suffering. Idioms of distress are communicated differently in different contexts and cultures. Understanding idioms of distress and symptoms can help in diagnosis and lead to socioculturally sensitive health care. METHODS: In this qualitative study, we did semi-structured interviews with men and women of all age groups. Questions focused on the definition, causes, and consequences of Hamm. Responses were analysed by reading and re-reading interview transcripts until themes and subthemes emerged...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Paul C Helm, Sebastian Kempert, Marc-André Körten, Wiebke Lesch, Katharina Specht, Ulrike M M Bauer
BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents with congenital heart disease (CHD) and their families require qualified combined medical and psychosocial information, care, and counseling. This study aimed to analyze CHD patients' and parents' perception of disease-specific knowledge, state of health, and impairments experienced in everyday life, as well as factors influencing these perceptions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Analyses were based on a survey among patients/parents recruited via the German National Register for Congenital Heart Defects (NRCHD)...
January 25, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
J Conway, O Miera, I Adachi, K Maeda, P Eghtesady, H T Henderson, K Guleserian, C-P S Fan, R Kirk
OBJECTIVES: The primary objectives of this study were to describe the characteristics and survival outcomes for children supported with the HeartWare HVAD® system from the global community. METHODS: This was a retrospective survey of patients <18 years with a HVAD® system. Questionnaires were sent to sites across the world in April 2015 and collected between May 2015-16. Information on 205 patients was collected. RESULTS: The median age of implant was 13...
March 15, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
C Guillot, C Le Reun, H Behal, J Labreuche, M Recher, A Duhamel, S Leteurtre
BACKGROUND: Viral bronchiolitis is the leading cause of hospitalization in children during the first 12 months of life. There is evidence to support the use of noninvasive ventilation in bronchiolitis. A recent respiratory management of bronchiolitis is the use of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) therapy. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the use of HFNC as the first-line treatment for children with severe bronchiolitis and the secondary objective was to identify factors for HFNC therapy failure...
March 15, 2018: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Joyce T Johnson, Jacob F Wilkes, Shaji C Menon, Lloyd Y Tani, Hsin-Yi Weng, Bradley S Marino, Nelangi M Pinto
OBJECTIVE: Neonates undergoing congenital heart surgery require highly specialized, resource-intensive care. Location of care and degree of specialization can vary between and within institutions. Using a multi-institutional cohort, we sought to determine whether location of admission is associated with an increase in health care costs, resource use and mortality. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed admission for neonates (<30 days) undergoing congenital heart surgery between 2004-2013 using the Pediatric Health Information Systems database (44 children's hospitals)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Nathaly M Sweeney, Shareef A Nahas, Shimul Chowdhury, Miguel Del Campo, Marilyn C Jones, David P Dimmock, Stephen F Kingsmore, Rcigm Investigators
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) results from incomplete formation of the diaphragm leading to herniation of abdominal organs into the thoracic cavity. CDH is associated with pulmonary hypoplasia, congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Genetically, it is associated with aneuploidies, chromosomal copy number variants, and single gene mutations. CDH is the most expensive non-cardiac congenital defect: Management frequently requires implementation of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which increases management expenditures 2...
March 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
Carmen R Isasi, Garrett M Strizich, Robert Kaplan, Martha L Daviglus, Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, Denise C Vidot, Maria M Llabre, Gregory Talavera, Mercedes R Carnethon
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) with cardiovascular disease risk factors and a biomarker of endothelial dysfunction (e-selectin) among Hispanic/Latino youth. METHODS: The study included 1380 Hispanic/Latino youths (8-16 years old) from the Hispanic Community Children's Health Study/Study of Latino Youth that enrolled from four cities (Bronx, Chicago, Miami, and San Diego). CRF was assessed by a 3-minute step test that uses postexercise heart rate to estimate maximal oxygen uptake...
February 15, 2018: Annals of Epidemiology
Ashley Gionfriddo, Mika L Nonoyama, Peter C Laussen, Peter N Cox, Megan Clarke, Alejandro A Floh
OBJECTIVES: To promote standardization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced a new ventilator-associated pneumonia classification, which was modified for pediatrics (pediatric ventilator-associated pneumonia according to proposed criteria [PVAP]). We evaluated the frequency of PVAP in a cohort of children diagnosed with ventilator-associated pneumonia according to traditional criteria and compared their strength of association with clinically relevant outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Benjamin H Goot, Jon Kaufman, Zhaoxing Pan, David W A Bourne, Francis Hickey, Mark Twite, Jeffrey Galinkin, Uwe Christians, Jeannie Zuk, Eduardo M da Cruz
OBJECTIVES: To assess if morphine pharmacokinetics are different in children with Down syndrome when compared with children without Down syndrome. DESIGN: Prospective single-center study including subjects with Down syndrome undergoing cardiac surgery (neonate to 18 yr old) matched by age and cardiac lesion with non-Down syndrome controls. Subjects were placed on a postoperative morphine infusion that was adjusted as clinically necessary, and blood was sampled to measure morphine and its metabolites concentrations...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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