Pediatric Cardiology (Pediatr Cardiol)

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Journal description

The editor of Pediatric Cardiology welcomes original manuscripts concerning all aspects of heart disease in infants, children, and adolescents, including embryology and anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, biochemistry, pathology, genetics, radiology, clinical aspects, investigative cardiology, electrophysiology and echocardiography, and cardiac surgery. Articles which may include original articles, case reports, letters to the editor etc., must be written in English and must be submitted solely to Pediatric Cardiology.

Current impact factor: 1.31

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.31
2013 Impact Factor 1.55
2012 Impact Factor 1.197
2011 Impact Factor 1.298
2010 Impact Factor 1.237
2009 Impact Factor 1.151
2008 Impact Factor 1.03
2007 Impact Factor 0.868
2006 Impact Factor 0.826
2005 Impact Factor 0.986
2004 Impact Factor 0.694
2003 Impact Factor 0.581
2002 Impact Factor 0.771
2001 Impact Factor 0.72
2000 Impact Factor 0.863
1999 Impact Factor 0.835
1998 Impact Factor 0.582
1997 Impact Factor 0.39
1996 Impact Factor 0.363
1995 Impact Factor 0.278
1994 Impact Factor 0.302
1993 Impact Factor 0.443
1992 Impact Factor 0.396

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.37
Cited half-life 5.60
Immediacy index 0.28
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.50
Website Pediatric Cardiology website
Other titles Pediatric cardiology (Online)
ISSN 1432-1971
OCLC 41903795
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to assess factors affecting image quality of 320-row computed tomography angiography (CTA) of coronary arteries in children with congenital heart disease (CHD). We retrospectively reviewed 28 children up to 3 years of age with CHD who underwent prospective electrocardiography (ECG)-gated 320-row CTA with iterative reconstruction. We assessed image quality of proximal coronary artery segments using a five-point scale. Age, body weight, average heart rate, and heart rate variability were recorded and compared between two groups: patients with good diagnostic image quality in all four coronary artery segments and patients with at least one coronary artery segment with nondiagnostic image quality. Altogether, 96 of 112 segments (85.7 %) had diagnostic-quality images. Patients with nondiagnostic segments were significantly younger (10.0 ± 11.6 months) and had lower body weight (5.9 ± 2.9 kg) (each p < 0.05) than patients with diagnostic image quality of all four segments (20.6 ± 13.8 months and 8.4 ± 2.5 kg, respectively; each p < 0.05). Differences in heart rate and heart rate variability between the two imaging groups were not significant. Receiver operating characteristic analyses for predicting patients with nondiagnostic image quality revealed an optimal body weight cutoff of ≤5.6 kg and an optimal age cutoff of ≤12.5 months. Prospective ECG-gated 320-row CTA with iterative reconstruction provided feasible image quality of coronary arteries in children with CHD. Younger age and lower body weight were factors that led to poorer image quality of coronary arteries.
    Pediatric Cardiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1305-3
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to propose a simple practical diagnostic criterion for pre-hypertension (pre-HTN) and hypertension (HTN) in the pediatric age group. This study was conducted on a nationally representative sample of 14,880 students, aged 6-18 years. HTN and pre-HTN were defined as systolic blood pressure (SBP) and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) ≥ 95 and 90-95th percentile for age, gender, and height, respectively. By using the area under the curve (AUC) of the receiver operator characteristic curves, we estimated the diagnostic accuracy of two indexes of SBP-to-height ratio (SBPHR) and DBP-to-height (DBPHR) to define pre-HTN and HTN. Overall, SBPHR performed relatively well in classifying subjects to HTN (AUC 0.80-0.85) and pre-HTN (AUC 0.84-0.90). Likewise, DBPHR performed relatively well in classifying subjects to HTN (AUC 0.90-0.97) and pre-HTN (AUC 0.70-0.83). Two indexes of SBPHR and DBPHR are considered as valid, simple, inexpensive, and accurate tools to diagnose pre-HTN and HTN in pediatric age group.
    Pediatric Cardiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1287-1
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    ABSTRACT: Circulating progenitor cells have been extensively studied in the context of heart disease in adults. In these patients, they have been demonstrated to be markers of myocardial injury and recovery as well as potential therapeutic agents. However, studies in children are much more limited. Here we review current knowledge pertaining to circulating progenitor cells in the context of childhood cardiovascular disease. Priorities for further research are also highlighted.
    Pediatric Cardiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1300-8
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    ABSTRACT: Invasive hemodynamic studies have shown that nitric oxide (NO), a selective pulmonary vasodilator, can lower pulmonary vascular resistance in Fontan patients. Because oximetry-derived flow quantification may be unreliable, we sought to detect changes in blood flow within the Fontan circulation after inhalation of NO using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). Thirty-three patients (mean age 12.8 ± 7.0 years) after the Fontan procedure underwent CMR as part of their routine clinical assessment. Standard two-dimensional blood flow measurements were performed in the Fontan tunnel, superior vena cava (SVC) and ascending aorta (AAO) before and after inhalation of 40 ppm NO for 8-10 min. Systemic-to-pulmonary collateral (SPC) flow was calculated as AAO - (SVC + tunnel). Heart rate (82 ± 18 to 81 ± 18 bpm; p = 0.31) and transcutaneous oxygen saturations (93 ± 4 to 94 ± 3 %; p = 0.13) did not change under NO inhalation. AAO flow (3.23 ± 0.72 to 3.12 ± 0.79 l/min/m(2); p = 0.08) decreased, tunnel flow (1.58 ± 0.40 to 1.65 ± 0.46 l/min/m(2); p = 0.032) increased, and SVC flow (1.01 ± 0.39 to 1.02 ± 0.40 l/min/m(2); p = 0.50) remained unchanged resulting in higher total caval flow (Qs) (2.59 ± 0.58 to 2.67 ± 0.68 l/min/m(2); p = 0.038). SPC flow decreased significantly from 0.64 ± 0.52 to 0.45 ± 0.51 l/min/m(2) (p = 0.002) and resulted in a significant decrement of the Qp/Qs ratio (1.23 ± 0.23 to 1.15 ± 0.23; p = 0.001). Inhalation of NO in Fontan patients results in significant changes in pulmonary and systemic blood flow. The reduction in SPC flow is accompanied by a net increase in effective systemic blood flow suggesting beneficial effects of pulmonary vasodilators on cardiac output, tissue perfusion and exercise capacity.
    Pediatric Cardiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1307-1
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    ABSTRACT: Without surgical treatment, neonatal hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) mortality in the first year of life exceeds 90 % and, in spite of improved surgical outcomes, many families still opt for non-surgical management. The purpose of this study was to investigate trends in neonatal HLHS management and to identify characteristics of patients who did not undergo surgical palliation. Neonates with HLHS were identified from a serial cross-sectional analysis using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's Kids' Inpatient Database from 2000 to 2012. The primary analysis compared children undergoing surgical palliation to those discharged alive without surgery using a binary logistic regression model. Multivariate logistic regression was conducted to determine factors associated with treatment choice. A total of 1750 patients underwent analysis. Overall hospital mortality decreased from 35.3 % in 2000 to 22.9 % in 2012. The percentage of patients undergoing comfort care discharge without surgery also decreased from 21.2 to 14.8 %. After controlling for demographics and comorbidities, older patients at presentation were less likely to undergo surgery (OR 0.93, 0.91-0.96), and patients in 2012 were more likely to undergo surgery compared to those in prior years (OR 1.5, 1.1-2.1). Discharge without surgical intervention is decreasing with a 30 % reduction between 2000 and 2012. Given the improvement in surgical outcomes, further dialogue about ethical justification of non-operative comfort or palliative care is warranted. In the meantime, clinicians should present families with surgical outcome data and recommend intervention, while supporting their option to refuse.
    Pediatric Cardiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1294-2
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    ABSTRACT: Stenosis of the pulmonary arteries frequently occurs during staged palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and variants, often necessitating stent angioplasty. A complication of stent angioplasty is compression of the ipsilateral mainstem bronchus. Following such a case, we re-evaluated our approach to PA stent angioplasty in these patients. The incident case is described. A retrospective observational study of children and adults with superior (SCPC) and/or total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) undergoing left pulmonary artery (LPA) stent angioplasty between January 1, 2005 and January 5, 2014 and subsequent chest CT was performed to assess the incidence of bronchial compression. The current strategy of employing bronchoscopy to assess bronchial compression during angioplasty is described with short-term results. Sixty-five children and adults underwent LPA stent angioplasty. Other than the incident case, none had symptomatic bronchial compression. Of the total study population, 12 % had subsequent CT, of which one subject had moderate bronchial compression. To date, seven subjects have undergone angioplasty of LPA stenosis and bronchoscopy. In one case, stent angioplasty was not performed because of baseline bronchial compression, exacerbated during angioplasty. In the rest of cases, mild-moderate compression was seen during angioplasty. Following stent angioplasty, the resultant compression was not worse than that seen on test angioplasty. Bronchial compression is a rare complication of stent angioplasty of the pulmonary arteries in children and adults with SCPC/TCPC. Angioplasty of the region of interest with procedural bronchoscopy can help to identify patients at risk of this complication.
    Pediatric Cardiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1296-0
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    ABSTRACT: Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with pulmonary atresia (PA) and multiple aortopulmonary collaterals (MAPCAs) is a rare and severe form of congenital heart disease with poor prognosis. Aortopulmonary collaterals expose pulmonary arterioles to systemic pressure resulting in pulmonary hypertension (PH). To date, reports regarding the role of PH medications in this population are sparse. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of PH medications in patients with TOF, PA and MAPCAs or similar anatomy, with emphasis on symptoms, echocardiography and invasive hemodynamics. A retrospective review was performed for patients at a single tertiary care pediatric center. Twelve of 66 patients were treated with PH medications (18 %), and eight of these patients had adequate follow-up for further analysis. Median age at last follow-up was 6 years (range 1.4-21 years). Median length of therapy with PH medication was 4 years (range 0.3-17 years). PH medications included sildenafil, bosentan, ambrisentan, inhaled treprostinil and prostacyclin infusion. PH therapy was associated with improvement in symptoms in all patients and improvement in PH by hemodynamic measures in the majority of patients. All patients underwent at least one cardiac intervention by catheterization or surgery while taking PH medication. Two patients died from non-PH-related causes. The remaining six patients are alive and remain on PH medication. This review indicates that PH medications are well tolerated by this patient group and provide symptomatic improvement. Further studies are required to determine whether PH medications provide long-term survival benefit for patients with complex congenital heart disease.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1278-2
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    ABSTRACT: Kawasaki disease (KD) is a vasculitis disease in children that is associated with coronary artery ectasia (CAE). We investigated whether inducible nitric oxide synthase (i-NOS) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) could be used to predict CAE secondary to KD. We enrolled 65 children with KD (35 cases with CAE and 30 cases without CAE), 33 healthy children, and 32 children with fever but without vasculitis disease (febrile group). We measured plasma nitric oxide (NO), total nitric oxide synthase (Total-NOS), i-NOS, constructive nitric oxide synthase (c-NOS) levels, and H2S content in all patients. Plasma NO, Total-NOS, i-NOS, and H2S were higher in KD children than in healthy and febrile children (P < 0.05). The i-NOS level was higher in KD children with CAE compared to those without CAE, while the H2S was lower (both P < 0.05). Using a combination of i-NOS (higher than 10 U/mL) and H2S (lower than 3.31 μmol/L) to predict CAE had 80 % sensitivity and 81 % specificity (P < 0.05). Elevated plasma i-NOS and decreased plasma H2S levels in the acute phase of KD have good predictive value for CAE and may be used to guide appropriate clinical treatment and prevent future cardiovascular complications.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1280-8
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    ABSTRACT: Specific viruses are associated with pediatric myocarditis, but the prevalence of viral DNAemia detected by blood polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is unknown. We evaluated the prevalence of known cardiotropic viruses (enterovirus, adenovirus, human herpesvirus 6, and parvovirus B19) in children with clinical myocarditis (n = 21). Results were compared to pediatric controls with similar viral PCR testing. The majority of positive PCR (89 %) was noted in children ≤12 months of age at diagnosis compared to older children. Infant myocarditis patients (8/10) had increased the prevalence of PCR positivity compared to infant pediatric controls (4/114) (p < 0.0001). Other than age, patient characteristics at diagnosis were similar between PCR-positive and PCR-negative patients. Both PCR-negative myocarditis infants had clinical recovery at follow-up. Of the PCR-positive myocarditis infants, 4 had clinical recovery, 2 developed chronic cardiomyopathy, 1 underwent heart transplant, and 1 died. Infants with clinical myocarditis have a high rate of blood viral positivity, which is higher compared to older children with myocarditis and healthy infant controls. Age-related differences in PCR positivity may be due to differences in host and/or virus characteristics. Our findings suggest that viral blood PCR may be a useful diagnostic tool and identify patients who would potentially benefit from virus-specific therapy.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1290-6
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    ABSTRACT: This study aims at documenting the changes in ventricular tissue velocities, longitudinal strain and electromechanical coupling during the first month of life. During the neonatal period, when the ventricular myocardium is not yet fully maturated, the heart is subjected to significant hemodynamic changes. We studied the ventricular performance of 16 healthy neonates at three time points over the first month of life: on days 2 (IQR [2;2]), 13 [12;14] and 27 [25;29]. We found that systolic and diastolic tissue velocities increased significantly in both left and right ventricle (by 1.2-1.7 times, p < 0.001). Congruently, we found that peak systolic longitudinal strain of the right and left ventricles increased significantly. However, no significant changes in longitudinal strain rate were observed. Finally, QS-intervals shortened during the neonatal period: being measured at 12 points throughout the left ventricle, time to peak systolic velocity decreased on average to 89 % in the second and to 80 % in the fourth week of life (22.3 ± 0.2 vs. 19.8 ± 0.3 vs. 17.8 ± 0.5 ms, r = -0.564, p < 0.001). When comparing opposing walls of the left ventricle, no dyssynchrony in left ventricular contraction was found. In addition to increasing systolic and diastolic tissue velocities during the first month of life, the time to peak systolic contraction shortens in the neonatal heart, which may reflect an increasing efficiency of the excitation-contraction coupling in the maturing myocardium. While there appears to be no dyssynchrony in ventricular contraction, these findings may extend our appreciation of the immature neonatal heart and certain disease states.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1292-4
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the positional relationship between the pulmonary venous confluence-venous vein (PVC-VV) and both the atria in infracardiac total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (iTAPVC), using two-dimensional (2D) computerized tomography (CT) reconstruction. Through the 2D reconstruction of enhanced cardiac CT images of patients with iTAPVC, the projection of PVC-VV on coronal axial images was acquired and its location on the bilateral atrial splice was analyzed. Sagittal axial reconstruction was used to identify which atrium had a precise anterior-posterior positional relationship with PVC-VV. The type of iTAPVC, where the projection of PVC-VV was lying on the left atrium, and the left atrium had a precise anterior-posterior positional relationship with PVC-VV, was classified as the left atrial type. If the projection of PVC-VV was lying on the right atrium and the right atrium had a precise anterior-posterior positional relationship with PVC-VV, it was classified as the right atrial type. Finally, if the projection of PVC-VV was lying in the middle of the bilateral atria, and both the atria had precise anterior-posterior positional relationship with PVC-VV, it was referred to as the bilateral atrial type. Upon analysis of the 22 enhanced cardiac CT images, 6 were the left atrial type (27.27 %), 9 were right atrial type (40.91 %), while 7 were of the bilateral atrial type (31.82 %). The positional relationship between PVC-VV and the bilateral atria are variable, and iTAPVC classification using 2D CT reconstruction is an invaluable tool in designing the surgical approaches in iTAPVC.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1286-2
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    ABSTRACT: Abnormalities in coronary artery (CA) flow detected by echocardiography are increasingly used to guide clinical decisions in patient management. Increased CA flow has been seen postoperatively in congenital cardiac surgery. This study sought to determine immediate postoperative changes in left anterior descending (LAD) CA flow velocities, and to investigate possible factors associated with these changes. CA flow in the proximal LAD was sampled with pulsed-wave Doppler during trans-esophageal echocardiography imaging in the immediate preoperative and postoperative studies in 46 subjects. The peak velocity, velocity time integral (VTI), VTI corrected for heart rate (VTIc), and VTI rate pressure product (VTIrpp) were determined. The percent change in each measure between the preoperative and postoperative study was calculated and compared to age, body surface area (BSA), cardiopulmonary bypass time, cross-clamp time, and number of cardioplegia (CP) doses. The pH, oxygen saturation, temperature, and hemoglobin concentration (Hb) were compared for those with and without increased flow characteristics. There was an overall increase in LAD flow parameters in subjects who underwent congenital cardiac surgery. There was a significant and positive correlation of percent change in VTI, VTIc, and VTIrrp with number of CP doses and lower Hb. We propose that this phenomenon is likely of multifactorial origin, involving autoregulatory mechanism disturbance. The imaging and measurement of LAD flow velocities are feasible, reliable, and is positively correlated with number of CP doses. Interpretation of postoperative LAD flow velocities should be made in the context of intraoperative events since heart rate, blood pressure, and Hb concentration also influence CA flow parameters.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1285-3
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital cardiac anomalies are common in trisomy 21, and transthoracic echocardiogram within the first month of life is recommended. While a cleft mitral valve associated with atrioventricular septal defect has been well defined in this population, the prevalence of isolated mitral valve cleft has not been previously reported. The aim of our study was to define the occurrence of isolated mitral cleft in the first echocardiogram of patients with trisomy 21. This retrospective chart review examined echocardiographic data on all Trisomy 21 patients <1 year of age obtained during January 1, 2010, to May 1, 2014, at our institution. Images were reviewed by one of the authors with no knowledge of the official diagnosis. In addition to evaluation for isolated mitral valve cleft, data obtained included presence of additional congenital heart defects and need for surgical intervention. A total of 184 patients (median age 5 days) were identified. Isolated mitral cleft was identified in 12 patients (6.5 %). Four were diagnosed retrospectively (33 %). Only one had mitral regurgitation on initial echocardiogram. Seven required surgery for closure of ventricular septal defects. Isolated mitral cleft is present in an important number of neonates with Trisomy 21. Mitral regurgitation is often absent in the neonatal period and should not be used as a reliable indicator of absence of valve abnormality. Careful attention should be directed toward the mitral valve during the first echocardiogram to exclude an isolated cleft, which can lead to progressive mitral regurgitation.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1291-5
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    ABSTRACT: The etiology of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (iDCM) remains unknown. Immune therapies have improved outcome in fetuses with DCM born to mothers with autoimmune disease (aDCM). The purpose of this retrospective study was to compare the myocardial B and T cell profiles in fetuses and neonates with idiopathic DCM (iDCM) versus autoimmune-mediated DCM (aDCM) and to describe the normal cell maturation within the human fetal myocardium. Of 60 fetal autopsy cases identified from institutional databases, 10 had aDCM (18-38 weeks), 12 iDCM (19-37 weeks) and 38 had normal hearts (11-40 weeks). Paraffin-embedded myocardium sections were stained for all lymphocyte (CD45), B cells (CD20, CD79a), T cells (CD3, CD4, CD7, CD8) and monocyte (CD68) surface markers. Two independent, blinded cell counts were performed. Normal hearts expressed all B and T cell markers in a bimodal fashion, with peaks at 22 and 37 weeks of gestation. The aDCM cohort was most distinct from normal hearts, with less overall T cell markers [EST -9.1 (2.6) cells/mm(2), p = 0.001], CD4 [EST -2.0 (0.6), p = 0.001], CD3 [EST -3.9 (1.0), p < 0.001], CD7 [EST -3.0 (1.1), p = 0.01] overall B cell markers [EST -4.9 (1.8), p = 0.01] and CD79a counts [EST -2.3 (0.9), p = 0.01]. The iDCM group had less overall B cell markers [EST -4.0 (1.8), p = 0.03] and CD79a [EST -1.7 (0.9), p = 0.05], but no difference in T cell markers. Autoimmune-mediated DCM fetuses have less B and T cell markers, whereas iDCM fetuses have less B cell markers compared with normal fetal hearts. The fetal immune system may play a role in the normal development of the heart and evolution of dilated cardiomyopathy.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1284-4
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiac troponin (cTn) is currently considered the gold standard biomarker for detection of myocardial necrosis. Patients with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) often present with symptoms resulting in cTn assessment; however, there are no data on the results of such testing in childhood. We hypothesized that cTn elevation would be common in the pediatric SVT population and would portend a benign prognosis. A retrospective review of all pediatric patients (≤21 years) presenting with SVT was performed. Clinical and electrocardiographic variables from the emergency department (ED) presentation were reviewed and clinical outcomes during subsequent follow-up assessed. Of 128 patients seen in the ED for SVT, cTn was assessed in 48 (38 %). Of patients with cTn assessment, 14 (29 %) patients demonstrated cTn elevation. Univariate predictors of cTn elevation included presentation with respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms (50 vs 12 % and 42 vs 9 %; p = 0.008 and p = 0.01, respectively), lower mean arterial blood pressure (73 vs 85 mm Hg, p = 0.009), higher age-adjusted tachycardia rate (z score 9.3 vs 7.2, p < 0.001), and longer tachycardia duration (4.2 vs 1.0 h, p = 0.02). Multivariate logistic regression confirmed the association of age-adjusted tachycardia rate (odds ratio [OR] 3.8 per heart rate z score, confidence interval [CI] 1.9-11.8, p = 0.003) and duration (OR 1.5 per hour, CI 1.1-2.5, p = 0.03). Clinical outcome was excellent with no adverse sequelae during a median of 2.9 years of follow-up. Cardiac Tn elevation is common in the pediatric population presenting with SVT. Episode severity, characterized by respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms, lower mean blood pressure, and increased tachycardia rate and duration are predictive. Clinical follow-up is favorable.
    Pediatric Cardiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00246-015-1289-z