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Ohio’s First Fetal Heart Procedure
A Congenital Heart Collaborative team led by Aimee Armstrong, MD, performed an aortic valvuloplasty on a 29-week gestational age fetus.

New Understandings About the Genetic Basis of Aortic Valve Disease
More than a decade after his publication first demonstrated a genetic cause for bicuspid aortic valve, Vidu Garg, MD, discusses recent insights in the genetic basis of aortic valvular disease.

A Feeding Protocol for Newborn Congenital Heart Disease Patients
Feeding guidelines contributed to a decreased length of stay, and in a subset of patients undergoing the hybrid procedure, a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis.

ANH Preserves Platelet Count and Function Regardless of Storage Method and Time
Length of storage during cardiac surgeries appears to have no detrimental effects on blood.

How a QI Project Dramatically Increased Pediatric Survival After Cardiopulmonary Arrest
A survival rate of 37-48 percent among young heart surgery patients who experience code events is the norm. A multidisciplinary review process helped achieve an 81 percent survival rate at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Premounted Stents: Off-Label, but Effective in Young Congenital Heart Disease Patients
Frequent follow-up is required for smaller children and to evaluate for in-stent stenosis.

Searching For Nonsurgical Calcific Aortic Valve Disease Treatments
Research into causes may lead to therapies for halting calcification or preventing it altogether.

How an Eight-Step Protocol Helps Reduce Cardiac Surgical Site Infections
Consistency, digital photographs and data analysis drove an already low infection rate even lower.

For Infants Born Very Preterm, Transcatheter Device Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus is Feasible
Optimal timing of procedures and reduction of adverse events are avenues for future study.

First Implantable Hemodynamic Monitoring Device in Single Ventricle Fontan Anatomy
The first IHM in a patient with Fontan anatomy and physiology enables real-time monitoring of central venous and pulmonary artery pressures.

The Impact of Norwood Shunt Type on Young Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Patients
Special considerations could be important with the modified Blalock-Taussig shunt if a transplant is needed.

Using the Transjugular Approach for Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Placement
While uncommon, the approach should be considered early for small patients and some others.

Featured Heart Center Quality Initiatives

Quality Outcomes: Cardiothoracic Surgery and Interventional Cardiology
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Research Study: Genetic Testing of Individuals & Families with Congenital Heart Disease

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