Nearly half of families of children with congenital heart disease face financial hardship from medical bills and associated expenses, which can lead to food insecurity and delayed care. Pediatric and congenital heart surgeon Tara Karamlou, MD, MSc, suggests ways to address these issues.
Challenging cases of congenital heart disease require systematic planning, multiple backup plans, a readiness to become aggressive and more. A veteran surgeon shares tips and two illustrative cases.
Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries is a rare anomaly with no single best answer for every patient. But a new analysis of one of the largest series to date should help shape management strategies.
Thanks to advances in medical and surgical management of congenital heart disease, many patients are living longer and require the full continuum of care from fetal diagnosis through adulthood. This comprehensive multidisciplinary symposium on congenital heart disease across the lifespan draws on broad subspecialty expertise to address a host of nuanced issues.
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Biomedical engineers have developed a self-regulating pediatric continuous-flow total artificial heart that is small enough to be placed in infants. The device, which is still being tested, holds promise but faces challenges. Kioytaka Fukamachi, MD, PhD, explains how the device works, the challenges specific to creating and marketing the device, and his lab’s next steps.
The initial decision about whether to pursue single-ventricle (1V) palliation or biventricular (2V) repair in neonates with multiple left heart obstructive lesions is crucial, though no guidelines exist. In this article, pediatric cardiologists explain how their recent study supports multifactorial risk assessment.
Cleveland Clinic has been designated an ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center by the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Two ACHD experts explain why such accreditation matters more than ever as the subspecialty surges.