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Pediheart Podcast #212: Incidence Of Life Threatening Events Amongst Children With WPW

This week we review a recent large claims database study on WPW in children that aims to identify the true incidence of life threatening events in children with this condition. What is known about the incidence of life threatening events as well as the actual prevalence of WPW amongst children? What are the strengths and limitations of large claims database studies? How high is the risk for VF in the WPW child and how should this knowledge inform decisions regarding ablation? Noted expert in WPW, Dr. Christopher Janson of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia shares his insights this week. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2021.12.009


24 Jun 2022

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Pediheart Podcast #211: CMR Trends In Pediatric And Congenital Cardiology - An SCMR Report

This week we speak with Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington Sujatha Buddhe of Seattle Children's Hospital about a recent survey study she conducted regarding CMR in the pediatric and congenital heart patient. How have volumes of cases changed over the past few years? Who is reading these studies? What is the advantage of a 1.5T vs. 3.0T scanner for congenital scans? What are the advantages and limitations of a survey study? Dr. Buddhe provides the answers this week. DOI: 10.1186/s12968-021-00830-4


17 Jun 2022

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Pediheart Podcast #210: Down Syndrome And Cardiac Transplantation

This week we delve into the world of heart transplantation to review a recent article on the topic of outcomes of the Down syndrome patient undergoing heart transplantation. Are infections or cancers more common in this patient group following transplantation? What role does intellectual disability play in the present era in decisions regarding transplantation in this patient group? Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Justin Godown, shares his insights into this important topic. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.121.024883


10 Jun 2022

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Pediheart Podcast #209: Live From SCAI - Pulmonary Vein Stenosis Therapy With Systemic Sirolimus

This week we play a session of the podcast from SCAI 2022 in Atlanta with Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University - Dr. Christopher Petit reviewing a recent publication on the topic of systemic sirolimus in concert with catheter interventions for the treatment of pulmonary vein stenosis. Who is a candidate for this sort of therapy? Does systemic sirolimus confer a survival benefit over local stent delivery? Who should be caring for patients with pulmonary vein stenosis? Who is a candidate for transcatheter intervention vs. surgical intervention? Dr. Petit provides the answers in this live session from SCAI 2022. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2021.04.013


3 Jun 2022

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Pediheart Podcast #208: Live From SCAI - Changes In Fontan Conduit Size Over Time

This week in a live session from SCAI 2022 we hear Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Eimear McGovern shares her insights into a recent work she co-authored on changes in Fontan dimensions over time. Who needed interventions and how does the team in Kentucky choose to perform surveillance catheterizations on their Fontan patients? Is there an optimal time? What degree of stenosis or narrowing of a Fontan deserves intervention? Dr. McGovern provides the answers from Atlanta's SCAI Scientific Sessions on 5.21.22. doi: 10.1007/s00246-021-02658-2.


27 May 2022

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Pediheart Podcast Replay #92: Factors Associated With Shunt Failure In The Single Ventricle Patient

In this replay of episode 92 from 2019, we speak with cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Johann Brink about a recent work he co-authored from the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia about the team's experience with shunt malfunctions. Are there factors that are associated with shunt failure in this sometimes fragile patient group? Survival to Fontan in most series is roughly 70% - what, if anything, can 'move the needle' to higher levels of survival in this patient population? Dr. Brink offers some interesting and important insights this week. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.03.126


20 May 2022

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Pediheart Podcast #207: Impact Of Prenatal Diagnosis Of Vascular Rings On Outcomes

This week we review a recent report from Lurie Children's in Chicago on the impact of fetal diagnosis of vascular rings. Does prenatal knowledge of this problem enhance postnatal outcomes? Who deserves cross sectional imaging after birth if prenatally diagnosed with a ring or sling and when and how should this be performed? We speak with Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Elizabeth Stephens about a recent work she authored on this topic. We also briefly speak with Dr. Kenan Stern about the upcoming, free Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital imaging course that is fast approaching on 5/20/22. DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.025


13 May 2022

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Pediheart Podcast #206: Intraoperative Mapping Of Conduction During Congenital Heart Surgery

This week we review a recent report from the team at Boston Children's Hospital about a novel approach to avoid heart block during complex congenital heart surgery? Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School Elizabeth DeWitt shares with us her insights into a recent report she co-authored by the departments of surgery and cardiology at her institution about intraoperative mapping of conduction. How easy is it to identify the conduction system and how effective at avoiding heart block? Who is a good candidate for this approach? Dr. DeWitt offers her insights as does Dr. John Triedman, Chief of Electrophysiology and a co-author. Dr. Triedman also shares with us information regarding the upcoming PedirhythmX conference that will be held in Boston 9/22-9/24. DOI: 10.1016/j.xjtc.2021.11.017


6 May 2022

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Pediheart Podcast # 205: Cefazolin Dosing For Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

This week we move into the world of cardiac surgery when we review a recent work from Australia on levels of cefazolin during and after surgery. Is there an optimal dose regimen that will achieve proper MIC levels of drug? What should the goal of therapy be in regards to MIC levels? Are there novel means of dosing cefazolin? We speak with pediatric critical care pharmacy coordinator at Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital, Dr. Jessica Frye for the pharmacist's perspective on some of these important questions. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.02.047


29 Apr 2022

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Pediheart Podcast #204: The State Of Fetal Heart Disease Counseling Training in 2022

This week we delve into two areas of interest - fellowship training and fetal cardiology when we review a multi-center work endorsed by the Fetal Heart Society on the topic of fetal heart disease counseling. How is this skill taught to cardiology fellows and what are the deficiencies that present exist? Is empathy something that can be taught? What efforts are afoot regarding formalized curricula for this topic? What is the best way to train this critical skill for the cardiologist providing fetal cardiology counseling? We speak with the first author of this week's work, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, Dr. Jenna Keelan. DOI: 10.1007/s00246-022-02882-4


22 Apr 2022

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