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Intensive Care in the Adult With Congenital Heart Disease

Redington, Andrew MD

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: August 2016 - Volume 17 - Issue 8 - p S377-S382
doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000000782
Congenital Heart Disease

Objectives: The purpose of this review is to discuss current outcomes for patients with adult congenital heart disease, assess the level of knowledge regarding the impact of comorbidities, and discuss the various models of care with a view to establish the optimal environment for the care of these patients in the future.

Data Source: MEDLINE and PubMed.

Conclusion: There is an increasingly large population of adults with previously operated congenital heart disease. Consequently, there are increasing numbers of adults requiring intensive care support after re-do surgery, or as a consequence of medical complications of their underlying cardiac disease. There is relatively little data specific to this population to guide optimal disposition and care models.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Heart Institute, Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

The author has disclosed that he does not have any potential conflicts of interest.

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