New trends in the management of congenital heart disease

David A. Heimansohn, Mark Turrentine, Kenneth Kesler, Harold King, John Brown

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Considerable improvements have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease during the last decade. Many congenital heart lesions are now treated successfully during the neonatal period that previously were associated with high mortality. Improved echocardiographic imaging, catheterization techniques, and earlier surgical repair are factors that have resulted in greater success in the treatment of congenital cardiac disease. Diagnosis has been improved greatly with advancements in echocardiography and angiography. Better ultrasound technology combined with doppler techniques and transesophageal echocardiography allow more accurate preoperative assessment and therefore more successful surgical repair. Cardiac catheterization techniques have also improved and, when combined with treatment such as balloon angioplasty, have changed the treatment of certain cardiac anomalies such as pulmonary stenosis or coarctation of the aorta. Operative treatment of congenital heart disease has improved the short- and long-term survival of most infants with congenital cardiac anomalies. Improved cardiopulmonary bypass techniques, better suture material, and the ability to perform cardiac transplantation are examples of technology that allows earlier, more complete repair of these complex cardiac defects. Reviewed here are improvements in the treatment of four complex cardiac anomalies that occur in newborns and are associated with high mortality when left untreated. All four anomalies have undergone significant changes in the approach to their treatment with dramatic improvements in survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-362
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1993

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Heart Diseases
Therapeutics
Technology
Suture Techniques
Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
Aortic Coarctation
Balloon Angioplasty
Mortality
Doppler Echocardiography
Transesophageal Echocardiography
Heart Transplantation
Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Catheterization
Echocardiography
Angiography
Newborn Infant

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New trends in the management of congenital heart disease. / Heimansohn, David A.; Turrentine, Mark; Kesler, Kenneth; King, Harold; Brown, John.

In: World Journal of Surgery, Vol. 17, No. 3, 05.1993, p. 356-362.

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