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Unleashing the Potential of Live 3D Echocardiography

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, under the leadership of Girish Shirali, MBBS, is spearheading the use of live 3D echocardiography to advance understanding of pediatric heart structures. Three-dimensional echocardiography produces images that more closely correlate to real life, and Dr. Shirali intends to push the technology in new directions.

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Ushering in a New Era of Regenerative Congenital Cardiac Surgery for Children

Researchers at Children's Mercy are moving toward the development of a tissue-engineered heart valve that will fundamentally impact surgical therapeutics. The groundbreaking project could essentially initiate a new era of regenerative congenital cardiac surgery for children.

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Learn more about the Ward Family Heart Center at Children's Mercy
Located in Kansas City, Mo., Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is one of the country's premier free-standing, independent pediatric medical centers. With a faculty of more than 400 pediatric subspecialists, we are consistently ranked among the leading children's hospitals in the nation. Likewise, we were the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to receive Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing services.

Building on a half-century of leadership in pediatric cardiac care at Children's Mercy, The Ward Family Heart Center is advancing the frontiers of cardiac medicine. The center capitalizes on the synergy between cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery in clinical programs, research and education, and features advanced operating suites, bio-engineering laboratories and hybrid-capable cardiac catheterization laboratories.
Unraveling the Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease

Children's Mercy physicians and researchers are teaming up to further the understanding of genetic causes of cardiovascular disease. Our advancements include rapid diagnosis of disease, improved treatment effectiveness and an integrated approach to treating genetic disorders.

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  • More evidence is needed to support BP screening in children
    Studies have linked elevated blood pressure to cardiovascular problems in adults, but less is known about the long-term effects of high blood pressure in children, and few studies have examined the pros and cons of screening children for high blood pressure, a review showed. Research must address the reliability of blood pressure tests in children, whether treatment is safe and effective, and whether screening reduces heart and mortality risks, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (1/7)
  • Pediatric heart muscle cells can regenerate
    Heart muscle cells can regenerate until about age 20, peaking during infancy and again during teens' growth spurt, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings raise the possibility that damaged hearts can be repaired through stimulation of cell production. News (1/11)
  • Pediatric hypertension may be less prevalent than thought
    U.S. researchers looked at 199,513 children ages 3 to 7 and found that most of them had normal blood pressure levels, while 12.7% had prehypertension and 5.4% had BP levels within the hypertension range. They noted that blacks and Asians had a higher prevalence of hypertension than other groups. Both increasing age and body mass index were substantially linked to prehypertension and hypertension, according to the study in Pediatrics. News (1/28)
  • Congenital conditions can resurface, making monitoring essential
    Thanks to advances in care, many young adults who were treated as children for congenital heart defects go on to live normal lives, but they still need to be seen by a cardiologist, said SCAI fellow Dr. Doff McElhinney of NYU Langone Medical Center, who recently found a faulty valve in his patient Jane Lee. Lee, who first noticed something amiss when training for a marathon, needed a pulmonary valve replacement. "There's all sorts of situations in which people born with congenital heart disease need to have things done as they get older," McElhinney said. ABC News (2/6)
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