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Advancing Cardiac Outcomes Through Transparency

The Ward Family Heart Center at Children's Mercy Kansas City is not only making its outcomes transparent, publishing them on the hospital's website, but is using data and long-term, quality of life measures to develop new outcomes standards.

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Advanced Cardiac Imaging Transforms Pediatric Care
We live in a three-dimensional world, but heart imaging has traditionally taken a two-dimensional view. Girish S. Shirali, MBBS, FACC, FASE has spent the past decade advancing and advocating the use of three-dimensional echocardiograpy, MRI and CT angiography, to improve diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for pediatric cardiovascular surgery patients.

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One of the top pediatric cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation, the Ward Family Heart Center at Children's Mercy Kansas City performs more than 400 cardiac surgical procedures, provides more than 12,000 outpatient visits and performs catheterization and electrophysiology procedures on nearly 500 patients on an annual basis. Our outcomes regularly outperform the combined averages of the 111 North American children's hospitals contributing to Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Through innovative research, we're at the forefront of improving care and quality of life for children with congenital and acquired heart disease.

Children's Mercy Kansas City is an independent, 354-bed pediatric health system, serving half a million patients each year from across the country. Children's Mercy has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" and received Magnet® recognition three times for excellence in nursing services.

In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, our faculty of nearly 600 pediatric subspecialists and researchers are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists.
Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program Sets Benchmarks

Heart surgery may repair the defect, but it is well known that it can leave the child with other chronic health issues. The Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program at Children's Mercy is one of a handful of innovative programs across the nation designed to help children and their families address the longterm sequelae of complex congenital heart disease.

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  • Groups release guidelines for imaging of childhood heart defect
    Collaborators from the American Society of Echocardiography, the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and the Society for Pediatric Radiology have developed guidelines on imaging patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot, a childhood heart defect. The guidelines describe the role of diagnostic modalities such as cardiovascular MR and echocardiography in the monitoring and management of patients with the condition. The guidelines are published in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. (free registration) (1/27)
  • Pediatric heart transplant patients have high survival rates
    In an analysis that followed 337 pediatric patients who underwent heart transplantation before age 18, researchers found that 54% lived for at least 15 years after the procedure. Of these survivors, 82.5% were still alive and had a good heart function during their recent follow-up visit. The findings were presented at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/28)
  • Fetal growth early in pregnancy may predict childhood cardiovascular risks
    Poor fetal growth during the first trimester of pregnancy was linked to cardiovascular risk factors in childhood, including high levels of diastolic blood pressure and total cholesterol, according to a Dutch study in the journal BMJ. Researchers found that children with the highest fetal crown to rump lengths were 50% less likely to have three or more of the cardiovascular risk factors after birth compared with those with lowest lengths. (1/23)
  • Kawasaki disease doesn't increase risk of later heart problems
    A study of 546 children with Kawasaki disease and 2,218 children who did not have the disease showed those with the autoimmune disease did not have a greater risk of having a cardiovascular episode later in life. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics. (1/19)
  • Maternal dyslipidemia may pose long-term cardiovascular risk in offspring
    Women with increased levels of low-density lipoprotein prior to childbirth were five times more likely to have children with elevated LDL levels as young adults, an analysis showed. However, high LDL levels among fathers before pregnancy was not linked to greater likelihood of dyslipidemia in young-adult offspring. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. Clinical Endocrinology News (1/6)
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