Navigation Links
Catheterization Recommended for Treating Pediatric Heart Conditions
Date:5/2/2011

DALLAS, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Doctors should consider using catheterization as a treatment tool in addition to its established role in diagnosing children with heart defects, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement.  

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100222/AHSALOGO)

A catheter is a thin flexible tube inserted into a blood vessel and used in procedures such as angiography, in which physicians use the catheter to inject dye into the arteries near the heart to illuminate the vessels via X-ray technology. It can also open a valve, enlarge a narrow blood vessel, close a hole in the heart or close off a blood vessel.

The statement, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, is a major overhaul of the association's last statement released in 1998.

"What we can offer patients now, versus just 10 or 15 years ago, is remarkably different," said Timothy F. Feltes, M.D., lead author of the statement and chief of pediatric cardiology and professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University. "There have been tremendous advances in the procedures, devices, experience and the expertise of the physicians who perform the procedures. As physicians caring for patients with congenital heart disease, we have to look at heart catheterizations a little differently than we have in the past."

The statement provides an extensive inventory of diagnostic and interventional techniques that are now considered as options for pediatric patients, noting that catherization procedures carry a degree of risk for patients.

Some of the 22 new therapeutic options for congenital heart disease include catheter-based techniques to: improve blood flow through the heart; repair inborn heart defects such as holes in the heart, repair or replace faulty valves; remove arterial blockages and many other conditions, such as malformed heart chambers.

In addition, the statement covers several hybrid procedures that use traditional surgical techniques in combination with catherization for treating conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (severe under development of the left side of the heart), stent implantation (to widen arteries and keep them open) and others.  

The take-home message of this statement, Feltes said, is that "there are numerous conditions that are best served by interventional catheterization procedures."

The statement is key to cardiologists who treat pediatric defects, because there are few other sources of such information. "By virtue of the relatively small number of children and adolescents with congenital heart disease, it is difficult to design clinical trials. Ideally, you need thousands of patients to compare one treatment versus another. Only one child in 100 is born with heart disease, so it is very unlikely that one center will have more than one patient to do a side-by-side comparison," Feltes said.

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed the statement.

Co-authors are: Emile Bacha, M.D., chair; Robert H. Beekman III, M.D.; John P. Cheatham, M.D.; Jeffrey A. Feinstein, M.D., M.P.H.; Antoinette S. Gomes, M.D.; Ziyad M. Hijazi, M.D., M.P.H.; Frank F. Ing, M.D.; Michael de Moor, MB.BCh.; W. Robert Morrow, M.D.; Charles E. Mullins, M.D.; Kathryn A. Taubert, Ph.D. and Evan M. Zahn, M.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.

Additional resources:

NR11-1070 (Circ/Feltes)

Additional resources:

  • Downloadable stock footage, animation and our image gallery are located at www.heart.org/news under Multimedia.

CONTACT:
Darcy Spitz: (212) 878-5940; darcy.spitz@heart.org
Bridgette McNeill: (214) 706-1135; bridgette.mcneill@heart.org
Julie Del Barto (broadcast): (214) 706-1330; julie.delbarto@heart.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Heart Association
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. BYDUREON™ Recommended for Approval in Europe
2. Novartis Drug Afinitor® Recommended by FDA Oncology Advisory Committee for Approval to Treat Advanced NET of Pancreatic Origin
3. Cephalon Launches Recommended Takeover Bid For Australian Biopharmaceutical Company, ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals Limited
4. $1,700,000 Funding of NeoStems Very Small Embryonic-Like Stem Cells Being Developed to Treat Osteoporosis Recommended by the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
5. Half of All Women Do Not Get Regular Mammograms Despite Recommended Guidelines
6. Encisions Active Electrode Monitoring Technology Recommended at Minimally Invasive Gynecology Congress
7. DaTSCAN™ (Ioflupane I 123 Injection) Recommended in Updated European Guidelines for Diagnosis of Alzheimers Disease
8. Alaska EHR Alliance Selects e-MDs as Recommended Electronic Health Record Vendor
9. With 2009 H1N1 Cases on the Rise, New CDC-Recommended Vaccine Helps Protect Families Against Illness
10. Study Shows Lantus(R) Helped People Living with Type 2 Diabetes Reach the ADAs Recommended Target for Blood Sugar Control
11. ACR Supports American Cancer Society Inclusion of CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy) as Recommended Screening Tool for Colorectal Cancer in New Screening Guidelines
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... Pa. , June 23, 2016 Bracket ... will launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA ... Meeting held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... the first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind ... Booth #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... LONDON , June 23, 2016 ... environments  Oticon , industry leaders in ... the launch of Oticon Opn ™, the world,s ... world of possibilities for IoT devices.      ... Opn, Oticon introduces a number of ,world firsts,: ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Tenn. , June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... automating, integrating and transforming the patient payment ... of several innovative new products and services ... of its revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning ... more efficient workflows, remain compliant in an ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... , ... TherapySites, the leading website and online ... Counseling Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue to extend their ... benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about this new partnership, ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... in retailers of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States ... eyeglasses have become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media Slicing ... their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ProSlice ... , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. FCPX ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Lake Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June ... ... direction with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These ... tolerable intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help for ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a ... new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a ... occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):