Get To Know The Hospital Staff

Physicians Anesthesiologist – a physician trained to provide anesthesia (medicine that makes your child go to sleep) prior to as well as during surgery. Attending Physician – a more senior, supervising physician whose responsibilities include the care of a particular patient or special group of patients. Within teaching hospitals, the “attending” is typically a facultyContinue Reading

Gene Mutations for Rare Heart Disease Also Found in Kids

The same 10 gene mutations responsible for cardiac hypertrophy (thickening of the heart muscle) in adults are also associated with many cases of this rare but life-threatening condition in children, says a U.S. study. The mutations even showed up in children who had no family history of the condition, the researchers noted. Currently, little isContinue Reading

Kids Diagnosed with ADHD Should Get Heart Tests Before Taking Stimulants

Before prescribing stimulants, like Ritalin, for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), doctors are now being advised to order an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to make sure that kids are not at risk for heart problems related to taking these commonly recommended ADHD drugs. The American Heart Association (AHA) now says that althoughContinue Reading

AHA Guidelines to Prevent Infective Endocarditis

The American Heart Association recently updated its guidelines regarding which patients should take a precautionary antibiotic to prevent infective endocarditis (IE) before a trip to the dentist. The guidelines, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, are based on a growing body of scientific evidence that shows that, for most people, the risksContinue Reading

Variety of Info on Hypothermia, Circulatory Arrest and Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Introduction The care of infants with congenital cardiac defects has considerably advanced. Management of CHD emphasizes early complete repair before the heart and the patient deleteriously adapt to the abnormal physiology. Today, complete repair of congenital heart defects can be performed in infants smaller than 2 kg, with good outcomes. Nevertheless, despite improved surgical techniquesContinue Reading

Bridge to a Beating Heart

Cell biologist Douglas Cowan, PhD, and his team have engineered tissue capable of passing electrical signals from the upper to the lower chambers of the heart in rats, potentially taking on the role of the defective atrioventricular (AV) node in complete heart block. The AV node synchronizes the beats of the heart’s atria and ventricles.Continue Reading

Connection between specific antibody and CHD?

The serious form of congenital heart disease, known as AV heart block, develops when a certain type of antibody is transferred from the mother to the fetus during pregnancy. The antibodies are targeted against endogenous proteins and cause the inflammation and calcification of the fetal cardiac conduction system. One in three of such cases areContinue Reading

Early Stenting May Be Successful Treatment Option Before Surgery for Infants with Constricted Aortas

Cardiac interventionalists and surgeons at University Clinic in Leuven, Belgium have achieved successful stent implantation and follow-up coarctectomy in premature infants suffering from aortic coarctation. Full findings are published in the March issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, the official journal of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Aortic coarctation is a congenital conditionContinue Reading

Berlin Heart: Interview with Dr. Fraser

In-depth doctor’s interview with Charles D. Fraser, Jr., M.D., chief of congenital heart surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, talking about the Berlin Heart, a pediatric ventricular assist device. What is the Berlin Heart?Dr. Fraser: The Berlin Heart is a heart assist device. It is a blood pump designed to support failing circulation inContinue Reading

What is Transesophageal Echocardiography?

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) is a technique that uses a small ultrasound probe placed into a childs esophagus to closely evaluate the heart and blood vessels within the chest. Echocardiography is a procedure used to assess the heart’s function and structures through the use of sound waves. A transducer (similar to a microphone) sends out ultrasonicContinue Reading