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BACKGROUND Melody valved stents (Medtronic Inc, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) have become a very competitive therapeutic option for pulmonary valve replacement in patients with congenital heart disease. After adequate prestenting of the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) Melody valved stents have a good medium term functional result but are exposed to(More)
BACKGROUND Controversy remains regarding the use of covered stents in congenital heart disease (CHD). We evaluate the possibilities and safety of covered Cheatham-Platinum (CCP) stents in CHD. METHODS Single-center retrospective CHD-database study of all CCP stents, 2003-2012. Three study groups: aortic coarctation (CoA), right ventricular outflow tract(More)
OBJECTIVE Studies in children with heart disease have been hampered by a lack of easily identifiable patient groups. Currently, there are few prospective population-based registries covering the entire spectrum of heart disease in children. KinCor is a Dutch national registry for children with heart diseases. This paper presents the aims, design and interim(More)
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a pediatric vasculitis. Its main complication is the development of coronary artery aneurysms (CAA), with giant CAA at the end of the spectrum. We evaluated regression and event-free rates in a non-Asian cohort of patients with giant CAA using the current z-scores adjusted for body surface area instead of absolute diameters. KD(More)
OBJECTIVES Sildenafil has strong cardiac preconditioning properties in animal studies and has a safe side-effect profile in children. Therefore, we evaluated the application of Sildenafil preconditioning to reduce myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion injury in children undergoing surgical ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure. METHODS This is a randomized,(More)
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