Adam M. Skaff, M.D., joins Norton Children’s Heart Institute

Adam M. Skaff, M.D., has joined Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, as a pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Skaff completed his initial medical training at the West Virginia University School of […]

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Genetic testing reveals new diagnosis for patient originally presenting with long QT syndrome

This is a condensed version of “One Family’s Clinical Odyssey From Evolving Phenotypic and Genotypic Knowledge of Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia and Long QT Syndrome,” which is open access and available to read in full […]

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Intraoperative conduction mapping locates bundle of His in congenital heart surgery

A new intraoperative technique during complex congenital heart surgeries allows us to map the location of conduction tissue. This is important, because damage to the tissue during surgery can result in a condition called heart [...]

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Tele-echo network nearly triples rate of prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease

We know babies with a congenital heart condition have a much better chance of survival if they are born near a pediatric surgical center. The challenge has been detecting these conditions before birth. Prenatal diagnosis [...]

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Improving extubation failure rate in neonate cardiac patients

Often, after lifesaving cardiac surgery for congenital heart defects, neonates require help with breathing using a breathing tube and a mechanical ventilator. Deciding when to extubate, or remove the breathing tube and ventilator, after cardiac […]

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From Owensboro to Louisville: Heart patient diagnosed in utero, cared for since birth

Chelsea Rusher was getting a routine 20-week anatomy scan when her provider noticed a complication: Her son, Baylor, would be born with a heart defect. After that appointment, Chelsea, who lives south of Owensboro, Kentucky, […]

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Case study: Reversing Fontan-related liver disease in a preteen

The patient A 12-year-old boy born with double-inlet left ventricle (DILV), mitral stenosis, left-sided superior vena cava coronary sinus and pulmonary stenosis: The patient had been through surgical palliation as a baby, leaving him with […]

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Physicians place implantable pulse generator in preterm infant

A multidisciplinary team within Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, worked together to save the life of an infant born with structural heart defects and congenital complete atrioventricular block (CCAVB) […]

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Study finds transcatheter interventions can delay aortic coarctation repair surgery until infants grow

A new study published in Pediatric Cardiology found transcatheter intervention, including stent placement, is a feasible alternative to surgery for aortic coarctation in infants, with an acceptable adverse event profile. Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) [...]

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Metabolic syndrome criteria, risk factors and implications for cardiovascular disease

The criteria for metabolic syndrome include five factors with varying benchmarks for children and adults. Three out of five of the following criteria are necessary for a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome in children: Abdominal obesity, […]

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Case study: MIS-C patient with complications seeks return to sports

The patient A young adolescent male who participates in competitive football and basketball and with history of recent COVID-19 infection was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Norton Children’s Hospital. The initial workup […]

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Don’t overlook child blood pressure readings

Providers are seeing younger children with higher blood pressure, making it more important than ever to monitor levels and ensure parents are aware of the effects on their child’s overall health. “Blood pressure measurements must […]

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