Heart Failure in Children

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Pediatric Cardiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2022) | Viewed by 429

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Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s of Mississippi, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS 39211, USA
Interests: pediatric cardiology; pediatric cardiomyopathy; heart failure; mechanical circulatory support; heart transplantation; exercise testing
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Dear Colleagues,

It is my privilege to invite you to contribute to the literature on pediatric heart failure (HF). As you all know, the management of HF in children has largely evolved based on clinical experience and the application of adult data, supported by the more limited pediatric literature. You can share your experience with managing acute and chronic HF in neonates and infants, mechanical circulatory support, HF in CHD, especially in patients with Fontan physiology, and in special circumstances such as chemotherapy-induced HF or HF associated with muscular dystrophies. This will help to improve research into pediatric HF treatments, and we all can learn from our collective experience.

The reported incidence of heart failure (HF) in children is 0.97 to 7.4 per 100,000. Heart-failure-related hospitalization occurs in 11,000–14,000 children annually in the US. In children, HF is most often caused by congenital heart disease (CHD) and cardiomyopathy. These causes are significantly different from those usually responsible for the condition in adults, which include coronary artery disease and hypertension. Current management and pharmacological therapy for HF in children are extrapolated from adult cardiology practices rather than from evidence from controlled clinical trials in children. There are significant barriers to applying adult data to children because of different disease mechanisms, variation in the pharmacodynamics of drugs used to treat HF from birth to adolescence, heterogeneous etiologies of cardiomyopathies, and differences in the genetic expression profiles of children with HF. However, clinical treatment of children with the same drugs that have proven to be beneficial in adults provides reassurance that the outcomes may be similarly helpful.

Dr. Bibhuti B. Das
Guest Editor

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  • cardiomyopathy
  • mechanical circulatory support
  • heart failure with CHD
  • multidisciplinary care for HF in children
  • pediatric heart failure

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