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AIMS Patients with congenital heart disease usually show diminished exercise capacity and quality of life. However, there is only little information about daily activity, a marker for lifestyle, exercise capacity, and the prevention of arteriosclerosis. This study investigated exercise capacity, quality of life, daily activity, and their interaction with(More)
The Neurobehavioral Cognitive Status Examination (NCSE), a screening examination that assesses cognition in a brief but quantitative fashion, uses independent tests to evaluate functioning within five major cognitive ability areas: language, constructions, memory, calculations, and reasoning. The examination separately assesses level of consciousness,(More)
Studies to determine the validity of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the Cognitive Capacity Screening Examination (CCSE) have indicated unacceptably high false-negative rates for these tests. To determine whether a new examination, the Neurobehavioral Cognitive Status Examination (NCSE), is more sensitive in the detection of cognitive(More)
With the fear of heart failure and sudden death, many patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) traditionally were withheld from exercise activities. Much is reported on sedentary lifestyle with diminished exercise capacity in children with CHD which results in an increased cardiovascular risk. This study aimed to assess whether the sedentary lifestyle(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to assess the prognostic value of the cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) in patients who received a Mustard and Senning (M/S) operation. BACKGROUND Patients who received an M/S operation have increased long-term risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Limited information is available on how to stratify risk(More)
OBJECTIVE Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation (PPVI) has emerged as a new approach to treat patients with dysfunctional pulmonary valve conduits. Short- and midterm results have outlined hemodynamic improvements and increase in exercise performance. However, there is a lack of knowledge about quality of life at short term follow-up. PATIENTS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with cyanotic congenital heart disease without corrective surgery or palliation survive into adulthood, if they have a balanced pulmonary blood flow facilitated by pulmonary stenosis (PS) or Eisenmenger syndrome (ES). Both groups show cyanosis, diminished exercise performance and impaired quality of life. This study aimed to compare the(More)
OBJECTIVE Delay and impairment of motor development is reported in patients with congenital heart disease. This pilot study addressed the feasibility and effect of a low-dose motor training programme of 60 min once per week on motor ability in preschool children with congenital heart disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS In all, 14 children--including four girls,(More)
BACKGROUND In the end of the last century arterial switch operation (ASO) replaced atrial redirection according to Senning or Mustard as the surgical technique for infants with transposition of the great arteries (TGA). Better survival with the new technique has been shown. However, exercise performance and quality of life have not yet been compared(More)
In all European countries, hospital-acquired infections caused by Gram-negative multidrug-resistant microorganisms (GN-MDRO) are a major health threat, as these pathogens cannot be adequately treated anymore, or the start of effective antibiotic treatment is delayed. The efforts to limit the selection and spread of GN-MDRO remains a problem in cross-border(More)