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Heart Failure in Pediatric Patients

Pimpak Prachasilchai, Mohammad El Tahlawi and Shakeel Ahmed Qureshi

Abstract

The diagnosis of heart failure in children remains challenging. It precipitates changes in circulatory abnormalities, multiple cellular processes and neuro-hormonal status. Many cases are due to congenital disorders .Clinical picture in children ranges from being asymptomatic to having severe life-threatening symptoms. Ross classification was originally developed to determine the presence and severity of heart failure in infants and younger children. Non-invasive imaging studies are necessary in order to make the diagnosis of heart failure in children. Management ranges from medical, interventional to surgical procedures. Heart transplantation remains an acceptable treatment for children with end-stage heart failure.

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