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Even after successful treatment of aortic coarctation, a high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality remains. Uncertainty exists on the factors contributing to this increased risk among which are the presence of (1) a residual narrowing leading to an additional resistance and (2) a less distensible zone disturbing the buffer function of the aorta.(More)
OBJECTIVE Follow-up after tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) repair is directed to detect timely right ventricular (RV) dysfunction by following pulmonary regurgitation and global RV size, with little attention for the effective contribution of regional RV dysfunction. This study investigates the contribution of regional RV dysfunction on exercise capacity after ToF(More)
OBJECTIVES The optimal timing of the Fontan staging for a univentricular heart and its impact on growth remains debateable. In a Fontan cohort, the influence of staged interventions and patient factors on somatic development was explored. METHODS We reviewed 64 total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) patients treated since 1992. Serial anthropometric(More)
OBJECTIVE Late aortic root dilatation is a growing concern in patients operated on for tetralogy of Fallot (ToF). This longitudinal follow-up study sought to evaluate the changes in the aortic root dimensions in relation to body growth, assuming that early repair of tetralogy of Fallot might prevent late aortic dilatation. METHODS A retrospective analysis(More)
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