In the highly nuanced field of congenital heart surgery, care must be taken to level the playing field when comparing outcomes among centers, surgeons and patients. In this article, Tara Karamlou, MD, MSc, discusses the importance of risk stratification and her ultimate goal of being able to predict outcomes for individual patients.
If all U.S. children who need congenital heart surgery were sent to the nearest high-volume center, they’d have a better chance of survival with only modestly greater travel distance, a modeling study finds.
Arch obstruction is common in the early phase following the Norwood operation, and surgical techniques vary widely at each institution; interdigitation is a new technique that decreases the risk of recoarctation.
Two experts share key takeaways from one of the most important congenital heart surgery trials of the past decade.
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Thomas E. Fagan, MD, joined Cleveland Clinic Children’s as Director of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in 2018. He sat down with CQD to discuss the team’s approach to congenital heart disease.
In congenital heart surgery, experience begets innovation. Successful development of a novel trans-conal unroofing approach to a rare heart defect is a case in point.