The Heart Center Research and Innovation

Curtis J. Daniels, MD

An Implantable Monitoring Device for Congenital Heart Disease Patients

The device could reduce the need for repeat heart catheterizations in single ventricle patients.

Heart beating inside the chest

Variation in Functional Measurements of the Left Ventricle

Data from The Pediatric Heart Network Normal Echocardiogram Database show interobserver variability, especially in younger and smaller patients.

Regular Physical Activities Tied to Improved Quality of Life in Adults With Fontan Circulation

Starting regular exercise in childhood can help lay the groundwork for greater health and quality of life, pediatric cardiologists suggest.

Carl Backes, Jr., MD

Patent Ductus Arteriosus Closure: Which Patients and When?

New review cites need for randomized clinical trials comparing conservative management, surgery, and catheter-based closure.

Linda H. Cripe, MD

Use of Cardiac MRI to Monitor Medical Treatment of Rhabdomyoma

A new case study shows success of using cardiac MRI – rather than electrocardiogram – to monitor tumor regression of rhabdomyoma in a newborn with an mTOR inhibitor.

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Fetal Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty for Critical Aortic Stenosis

Critical aortic stenosis in utero can lead to the formation of HLH. But, fetal balloon aortic valvuloplasty to correct the stenosis could prevent HLHS.

Congenital Heart

Keeping Young Patients With Congenital Heart Connected to Care

Race, type of insurance and severity of disease affect likelihood of experiencing a lapse in care for CHD patients younger than 5 years.

Additional Research

The Heart in Neuromuscular Disease

Heart problems have been reported in nearly all the neuromuscular disorders. They are particularly common and serious in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Research

Faculty at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are focused on evaluating and customizing treatments for adults with congenital heart disease in order to improve clinical outcomes for these patients.

Cardiovascular Development Research

Investigators at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are focused on understanding the molecular pathways that regulate normal and abnormal heart development.

Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease Research

Faculty members at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are working to understand the genetic basis of congenital heart disease and are investigating how genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of heart defects in children.

Surgical Palliation and Device-Based Therapies Research

The Heart Center faculty members continue to investigate new surgical treatment options and ways to improve surgical outcomes.