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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329112/comparison-of-paracorporeal-and-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-devices-in-children-preliminary-results%C3%A2
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Mohamed S Nassar, Asif Hasan, Teresa Chila, Stephan Schueler, Carola Pergolizzi, Zdenka Reinhardt, Stephen Lord, Fabrizio De Rita, Lee Ferguson, Jon Smith, Simon Haynes, John O'Sullivan, Bari Murtuza
OBJECTIVES: With the scarcity of organs, a durable, reliable ventricular assist device (VAD) is required. The Berlin Heart EXCOR ® (BH) remains the most established VAD in the paediatric population. Implantable continuous flow (CF) VADs have been introduced to the paediatric field with encouraging early results. In this study, we compared the results of a newly introduced CF VAD (HeartWare VAD [HVAD] ® ) to results in a matched group of BH recipients. METHODS: The study included patients aged <16 years who received mechanical left VAD (LVAD) support between December 2005 and January 2016...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302658/analysis-of-the-psychosocial-impact-of-caretaking-on-the-parents-of-an-infant-with-severe-congenital-heart-defect
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Jessica Lazar, Mark Justin Hylarides
This case report considers the psychosocial burden of caring for an infant with a severe congenital heart defect (CHD) on parents. Improved prenatal diagnostics and postnatal surgical intervention have created a new and increasing demographic of children and adults with CHDs that require lifelong medical care. For this reason, primary caregivers spend excessive amounts of time in hospitals and medical facilities, and must regularly decipher vast amounts of unfamiliar medical terminology and concepts with varying levels of assistance from medical personnel...
March 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299880/rates-of-autism-and-potential-risk-factors-in-children-with-congenital-heart-defects
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Jessica L Bean Jaworski, Thomas Flynn, Nancy Burnham, Jesse L Chittams, Therese Sammarco, Marsha Gerdes, Judy C Bernbaum, Robert R Clancy, Cynthia B Solot, Elaine H Zackai, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, J William Gaynor
OBJECTIVE: Atypical development, behavioral difficulties, and academic underachievement are common morbidities in children with a history of congenital heart defects and impact quality of life. Language and social-cognitive deficits have been described, which are associated with autism spectrum disorders. The current study aimed to assess the rates of autism spectrum disorders in a large sample of children with a history of congenital heart defects and to assess medical, behavioral, and individual factors that may be associated with the risk of autism spectrum disorders...
March 16, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291535/the-health-burden-and-economic-costs-averted-by-ambient-pm2-5-pollution-reductions-in-nagpur-india
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Tunde O Etchie, Saravanadevi Sivanesan, Gregory O Adewuyi, Kannan Krishnamurthi, Padma S Rao, Ayotunde T Etchie, Ajay Pillarisetti, Narendra K Arora, Kirk R Smith
National estimates of the health and economic burdens of exposure to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in India reveal substantial impacts. This information, often lacking at the local level, can justify and drive mitigation interventions. Here, we assess the health and economic gains resulting from attainment of WHO guidelines for PM2.5 concentrations - including interim target 2 (IT-2), interim target 3 (IT-3), and the WHO air quality guideline (AQG) - in Nagpur district to inform policy decision making for mitigation...
March 10, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290258/parent-reports-of-health-related-quality-of-life-and-heart-failure-severity-score-independently-predict-outcome-in-children-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Susanna L den Boer, Sara J Baart, Marijke H van der Meulen, Gabriëlle G van Iperen, Ad P Backx, Arend D Ten Harkel, Lukas A Rammeloo, Gideon J du Marchie Sarvaas, Ronald B Tanke, Willem A Helbing, Elisabeth M Utens, Michiel Dalinghaus
BACKGROUND: Dilated cardiomyopathy in children causes heart failure and has a poor prognosis. Health-related quality of life in this patient group is unknown. Moreover, results may provide detailed information of parents' sense of their child's functioning. We hypothesised that health-related quality of life, as rated by parents, and the paediatric heart failure score, as assessed by physicians, have both predictive value on outcome. Methods and results In this prospective study, health-related quality of life was assessed by parent reports: the Infant Toddler Quality of Life questionnaire (0-4 years) or Child Health Questionnaire-Parent Form 50 (4-18 years) at 3-6-month intervals...
March 14, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277152/visuospatial-processing-in-adolescents-with-critical-congenital-heart-disease-organization-integration-and-implications-for-academic-achievement
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Jessica L Bean Jaworski, Matthew T White, David R DeMaso, Jane W Newburger, David C Bellinger, Adam R Cassidy
Among the most significant factors affecting quality of life in individuals with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) are neurodevelopmental challenges, including deficits in visuospatial processing and academic achievement. Few studies have compared outcomes across CCHD subgroups, despite their significant differences in anatomy/physiology and medical/surgical courses. This study compared visuospatial processing abilities using the Developmental Scoring System for the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure (DSS-ROCF) across groups of adolescents with CCHD (d-transposition of the great arteries [TGA, n = 139], Tetralogy of Fallot [TOF, n = 68], single-ventricle cardiac anatomy requiring the Fontan operation [SVF, n = 145]) and a group of healthy controls (CTR, n = 111), and examined the validity of visuospatial processing in predicting concurrent academic outcomes...
February 16, 2017: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186850/the-use-of-dexmedetomidine-in-pediatric-palliative-care-a-preliminary-study
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Jamie Burns, Kevin Jackson, Kathy A Sheehy, Julia C Finkel, Zenaide M Quezado
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of dexmedetomidine infusions in patients with advanced malignancies, advanced heart disease, or after stem cell transplantation (SCT), who during end-of-life care had pain and/or agitation unresponsive to conventional therapies. BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients with intractable advanced malignancies, end-stage congenital heart diseases, or after SCT can suffer a great deal during end of life. Pain, drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and worrying are experienced frequently, considered distressing, and are strongly associated with reductions in health-related quality-of-life scores...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160116/family-caregiving-for-persons-with-heart-failure-at-the-intersection-of-heart-failure-and-palliative-care-a-state-of-the-science-review
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J Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Stephanie A Hooker, David Bekelman, Deborah Ejem, Gwen McGhan, Lisa Kitko, Anna Strömberg, Rachel Wells, Meka Astin, Zehra Gok Metin, Gisella Mancarella, Salpy V Pamboukian, Lorraine Evangelista, Harleah G Buck, Marie A Bakitas
Many of the 23 million individuals with heart failure (HF) worldwide receive daily, unpaid support from a family member or friend. Although HF and palliative care practice guidelines stipulate that support be provided to family caregivers, the evidence base to guide care for this population has not been comprehensively assessed. In order to appraise the state-of-the-science of HF family caregiving and recommend areas for future research, the aims of this review were to summarize (1) how caregivers influence patients, (2) the consequences of HF for caregivers, and (3) interventions directed at HF caregivers...
February 4, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148316/design-and-initial-results-of-a-programme-for-routine-standardised-longitudinal-follow-up-after-congenital-heart-surgery
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Sara K Pasquali, Chitra Ravishankar, Jennifer C Romano, Kristin Kane, Suzanne Viers, Andrea Kennedy, Nancy Burnham, Ray Lowery, Karen Uzark, Lauren Retzloff, Jonathon J Rome, Joseph W Rossano, John R Charpie, Thomas L Spray, Michael G Gaies, Richard G Ohye, J William Gaynor
BACKGROUND: With improvements in early survival following congenital heart surgery, it has become increasingly important to understand longer-term outcomes; however, routine collection of these data is challenging and remains very limited. We describe the development and initial results of a collaborative programme incorporating standardised longitudinal follow-up into usual care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and University of Michigan (UM). METHODS: We included children undergoing benchmark operations of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons...
December 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145649/clinical-characteristics-of-transplant-associated-encephalopathy-in-children
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Yun Jeong Lee, Mi Sun Yum, Eun Hee Kim, Min Jee Kim, Kyung Mo Kim, Ho Joon Im, Young Hwue Kim, Young Seo Park, Tae Sung Ko
We aimed to analyze characteristics of encephalopathy after both hematopoietic stem cell and solid organ pediatric transplantation. We retrospectively reviewed medical records of 662 pediatric transplant recipients (201 with liver transplantation [LT], 55 with heart transplantation [HT], and 67 with kidney transplantation [KT], 339 with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation [HSCT]) who received their graft organs at Asan Medical Center between January 2000 and July 2014. Of the 662 patients, 50 (7...
March 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135117/an-11-year-study-of-home-hospice-service-trends-in-singapore-from-2000-to-2010
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Benedict John Ho, Ramaswamy Akhileswaran, Grace Su Yin Pang, Gerald Choon Huat Koh
BACKGROUND: Hospice care is most appropriate when a patient no longer benefits from curative treatment and has limited life expectancy. These patients may suffer from any type of life-limiting illness, including end-stage cancer, end-stage heart disease, end-stage renal failure, AIDS, and Alzheimer's disease, among other illnesses. Patients are managed on their pain and symptoms and home hospice care manages these patients in the comfort of their own home, enabling patients to spend their last days with dignity and have a good quality of life...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126509/-cardiac-rehabilitation-for-children-and-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Pascal Amedro, Arthur Gavotto, Charlène Bredy, Sophie Guillaumont
Advances in heart surgery over the past 30 years have significantly improved the prognosis of congenital heart diseases (CHD). Therefore, the epidemiology of CHD has changed dramatically with a shift of mortality from pediatrics to adulthood and an increased prevalence of complex CHD. Today, caregivers and patients focus their interests to new perspectives: improving the quality of life, practicing sports, improving psychosocial care. Cardiac rehabilitation is completely integrated in these new therapeutic strategies...
January 23, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115007/a-home-based-exercise-program-for-children-with-congenital-heart-disease-following-interventional-cardiac-catheterization-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Qing Du, Yasser Salem, Hao Howe Liu, Xuan Zhou, Sun Chen, Nan Chen, Xiaoyan Yang, Juping Liang, Kun Sun
BACKGROUND: Cardiac catheterization has opened an innovative treatment field for cardiac disease; this treatment is becoming the most popular approach for pediatric congenital heart disease (CHD) and has led to a significant growth in the number of children with cardiac catheterization. Unfortunately, based on evidence, it has been demonstrated that the majority of children with CHD are at an increased risk of "non-cardiac" problems. Effective exercise therapy could improve their functional status significantly...
January 23, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065734/laparoscopic-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-in-adolescents-with-severe-obesity-amos-a-prospective-5-year-swedish-nationwide-study
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Torsten Olbers, Andrew J Beamish, Eva Gronowitz, Carl-Erik Flodmark, Jovanna Dahlgren, Gustaf Bruze, Kerstin Ekbom, Peter Friberg, Gunnar Göthberg, Kajsa Järvholm, Jan Karlsson, Staffan Mårild, Martin Neovius, Markku Peltonen, Claude Marcus
BACKGROUND: Severe obesity in adolescence is associated with reduced life expectancy and impaired quality of life. Long-term benefits of conservative treatments in adolescents are known to be modest, whereas short-term outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery are promising. We aimed to compare 5-year outcomes of adolescent surgical patients after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with those of conservatively treated adolescents and of adults undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, in the Adolescent Morbid Obesity Surgery (AMOS) study...
March 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018896/factors-influencing-neurodevelopment-after-cardiac-surgery-during-infancy
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REVIEW
Hedwig Hubertine Hövels-Gürich
Short- and long-term neurodevelopmental (ND) disabilities with negative impact on psychosocial and academic performance, quality of life, and independence in adulthood are known to be the most common sequelae for surviving children after surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD). This article reviews influences and risk factors for ND impairment. For a long time, the search for independent risk factors was focused on the perioperative period and modalities of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). CPB operations to ensure intraoperative vital organ perfusion and oxygen supply with or without circulatory arrest or regional cerebral perfusion bear specific risks...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000391/psychosocial-impact-on-families-with-an-infant-with-a-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-during-and-after-the-interstage-monitoring-period-a-prospective-mixed-method-study
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Gaby Stoffel, Rebecca Spirig, Brian Stiasny, Vera Bernet, Hitendu Dave, Walter Knirsch
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate parents' experiences, coping ability and quality of life while monitoring their sick child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome at home. BACKGROUND: Interstage home monitoring for children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome reduces interstage mortality between Norwood stages I and II. Little is known about the psychosocial impact of interstage home monitoring. DESIGN: Prospective mixed-method study. METHOD: This study assessed the psychosocial impact on parents during IHM...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989374/functional-quality-of-life-and-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-after-congenital-cardiac-surgery
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REVIEW
Megan L Ringle, Gil Wernovsky
Throughout the past few decades, advances in cardiology, neonatal intensive care, and surgical techniques have resulted in a growing cohort of thriving school-aged children with previously lethal complex congenital heart diseases. While survival has increased, there remains significant morbidity following repair including neurodevelopmental sequelae. Compared to children with a structurally normal heart, these infants and children have a higher frequency of abnormalities in tone, feeding, and delayed developmental milestones, as well as challenges with speech and learning disabilities, while a higher proportion of adolescents suffer from problems with processing speed, executive function, and a unique set of medical hardships related to exercise intolerance and obesity, medication burden, and mental health comorbidities...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965948/do-self-and-proxy-reports-of-cognitive-problems-reflect-intellectual-functioning-in-children-and-adolescents-with-congenital-heart-defects
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Sandra Buratti, Carmen Ryberg, Malin Broberg, Jan Sunnegårdh
AIM: Children with congenital heart defects (CHD) who suffer from cognitive impairments and school difficulties need to be identified as early as possible in order to set appropriate interventions in place that may enhance the school situation and quality of life for these children. Identifying children and adolescents at risk for cognitive difficulties requires specific screening tools. This study assessed such a tool - Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Cardiac Module subscale: Cognitive Problems - to investigate whether proxy reported and self-reported cognitive problems were associated with measured intellectual functioning in children and adolescents with CHD treated with surgery or by catheter interventions...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957813/neurocognitive-functioning-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Dawn Ilardi, Kim E Ono, Rebecca McCartney, Wendy Book, Anthony Y Stringer
OBJECTIVE: Adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) are at increased risk of psychological disorders and cognitive deficiencies due to structural/acquired neurological abnormalities and neurodevelopmental disorders as children. However, limited information is known about the neuropsychological functioning of adults with CHD. This study screened neuropsychological abilities and explored group differences related to cardiac disease severity and neurological risk factors in adults with CHD...
December 13, 2016: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936920/management-of-children-with-congenital-heart-defect-state-of-the-art-and-future-prospects
#20
Marie-Christine Seghaye
The treatment of children with congenital heart defects has evolved in the last 60 years from conservative care to a highly specialized management where advances in imaging, surgical, interventional and support techniques meet together to ensure satisfactory development and good quality of life to the child and to the upcoming grown up. Management of congenital heart defects best begins before birth with the aim, whenever possible, to maintain or establish biventricular physiology or, if this is excluded, to optimize the conditions for univentricular physiology...
January 2017: Future Cardiology
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