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:8/15/2017)... Aug. 15, 2017   Mostyn Law and Gulf Coast ... Houston, Texas . The Mostyn Law family has ... years. That is why Mostyn Law is partnering with ... to show its appreciation. Blood supplies are running low. ... short of hospital needs in August. That is why the blood ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... N.C. , Aug. 15, 2017  Axium Pharmaceuticals Inc., the creator ... rumored to be in the beginning stages of an IPO. ... on epilepsy medications with the average cost of a prescription epilepsy drug ... ... Another staggering figure is the fact ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... , Aug. 15, 2017  AOTI Inc. announced today that its ... Inc., has recently opened a New York City Office in ... of its unique Topical Wound Oxygen (TWO 2 ) homecare therapy. ... Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) under the company,s DMEPOS accreditation ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:8/19/2017)... ... August 19, 2017 , ... Praeclarus Press ... mothers. These illustrations show the diversity of the breastfeeding mothers, using bright ... range of sizes. These illustrations are also available on tote bags, notepads, smartphone ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 19, 2017 , ... Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, Deputy ... Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Tourism Showcase 2017 yesterday, which unveiled the latest ... for Tourism Products and Business at TAT said, “Thailand has long been recognized ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... August ... “Vision & Hearing,” advocating for active, healthy lifestyles and highlighting the importance of ... individuals with hearing impairments and shares the latest innovations in hearing aid technology. ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... consulting services and asset protection assistance to communities in North-Central West Virginia, is ... critical services to at-risk boys in the area. , The Chestnut Mountain Ranch ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Golseth Agency, a Texas based insurance management and financial ... regional charity campaign organized to provide support to Christina Upchurch and her two children ... and her children returned from out of town to find her husband passed away ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):