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Current pharmacologic management of pediatric heart failure in congenital heart disease.
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PMID:  21314633     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pharmacologic therapy represents the mainstay of treatment for heart failure in children. However, medical therapy for this population is not widely standardized. This is mainly due to the heterogeneity of potential etiologies, the specific challenge of patients with univentricular physiology and the lack of evidence-based prospective randomized clinical trials in pediatric patients. In fact, most current strategies are based largely on extrapolated data from adult studies. Although the classic drugs for heart failure, i.e. diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, ß -blockers and cardiac glycosides, still play a major role in the treatment of pediatric heart failure, newer alternative therapies such as levosimendan and nesiritide are increasingly utilized with promising early results. A systematic literature search of PubMed and MEDLINE databases using relevant terms was performed. All clinical trials and relevant manuscripts about the current pharmacologic treatment of heart failure in the pediatric population were reviewed. New drugs such as levosimendan and nesiritide and the treatment of single-ventricle patients were also included.
Victor Bautista-Hernandez; Antonio Sanchez-Andres; Francisco Portela; Francis Fynn-Thompson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current vascular pharmacology     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1875-6212     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Vasc Pharmacol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-11     Completed Date:  2011-12-19     Revised Date:  2012-03-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101157208     Medline TA:  Curr Vasc Pharmacol     Country:  United Arab Emirates    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  619-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Children´s Hospital Boston-Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Diuretics / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Heart Defects, Congenital / complications*,  physiopathology
Heart Failure / diagnosis,  drug therapy*,  epidemiology,  etiology
Hemodynamics / drug effects
Hydrazones / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Natriuretic Peptide, Brain / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Pyridazines / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Adrenergic beta-Antagonists; 0/Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors; 0/Diuretics; 0/Hydrazones; 0/Pyridazines; 114471-18-0/Natriuretic Peptide, Brain; 131741-08-7/simendan

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