At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we regularly treat complex and rare heart conditions and conduct research to push the field of pediatric cardiology forward. In an effort to improve cardiology for kids not just in our care, but everywhere, we’re sharing resources based on our experience and research.
In the videos below, our pediatric heart experts discuss important topics in the field, including treatment for specific conditions, research findings and much more to help better prepare you to care for patients with congenital and childhood heart conditions.
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) treatment and research
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a complex heart defect in which the structures of the left side of the heart don’t develop properly. The left ventricle does not operate as a systemic ventricle, obstructing blood flow to the rest of the body both during fetal development and after birth. Prenatal diagnosis is essential for HLHS so our pediatric specialists can begin treatment right after birth or during pregnancy, in some cases.
In the following video, James Jaggers, MD, Co-Director of the Heart Institute at Children’s Colorado and pediatric cardiac surgeon, discusses HLHS treatment options, HLHS survival rates at Children’s Colorado and multidisciplinary follow-up care. Dr. Jaggers also talks about the cutting-edge research we are involved in as part of the Mayo Clinic’s HLHS consortium.
Referring patients for pediatric heart transplant
Because of improvements in surgical palliation for critical congenital heart defects, today pediatric heart transplantation is only recommended when cardiac surgery is likely to fail. In this video, Melanie Everitt, MD, Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program at Children’s Colorado, explains the most common indications, contraindications, risks and benefits for pediatric heart transplantation.
Watch the video below to learn the importance of early referral and how to refer a cardiac patient to our Program for complete evaluation.
Non-surgical patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure for neonates
Recent innovations in cardiac catheterization allow pediatric interventional cardiologists to perform non-surgical patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure on premature infants, offering families a lower risk and less invasive option than PDA closure surgery. Children’s Colorado is the only pediatric hospital in the region performing this advanced procedure with the Piccolo device from Abbott Labs, which was recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
In this video, Gareth Morgan, MD, Medical Director of our Cardiac Catheterization Program, discusses the advantages of transcatheter PDA closure, referral guidelines for neonatologists and what the experience is like for patients and families.
Echocardiography-fluoroscopy fusion imaging in cardiac catheterizations
Recent innovation in 3D echocardiography allows for improved patient care during cardiac catheterizations through fluoroscopy fusion imaging. Combining two imaging modalities not only provides improved guidance for many procedures to treat congenital heart disease, it also improves communication and teamwork between the imaging team and interventional cardiologists.
In this video, Pei-Ni Jone, MD, Director of 3D Echocardiography at Children’s Colorado, discusses the benefits of echocardiography-fluoroscopy fusion imaging in pediatric cardiac catheterizations, including improvements in catheter navigation, device placement and procedure evaluation. Using 3D echo guidance without the use of fluoroscopy in right-heart catheterization procedures also decreases radiation exposure in children.
CHD in adults: The need for specialized care and an overview of our Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program
Advances in diagnosing and treating congenital heart disease have dramatically reduced the mortality rate of CHD in childhood; however, complications later in life persist. In this video, Joseph Kay, MD, Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a joint program between Children’s Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital, discusses the unique and ongoing care that teen and adult patients with ACHD require.
Learn about the specialized care and procedures we offer for patients with ACHD, as well as the Adult Congenital Heart Association’s accreditation program and their criteria for maintaining high quality care.
Research: Prevalence of mental health conditions in patients with ACHD
Recent research published in The American Journal of Cardiology shows a high prevalence of mental health conditions among teens and adults with ACHD. In this video, lead author and ACHD specialist Amber Khanna, MD, summarizes the findings with Dr. Kay.
Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, explains Dr. Khanna, can interfere with the type of self-care that is critical for managing ACHD. Adult congenital heart physicians should consider the patient’s entire medical profile in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients who were born with a congenital heart defect.