Practices and Attitudes of Canadian Cardiologists Caring for Patients With Trisomy 18

Publication date: April 2017 Source:Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Volume 33, Issue 4 Author(s): Aisling A. Young, Christy Simpson, Andrew E. Warren Trisomy 18 (T18) is a genetic disorder with cardiac lesions in up to 90% of patients. Cardiac surgery is not frequently offered because of the overall poor prognosis, although this has recently been challenged. Our study aimed to explore the practices and attitudes of Canadian pediatric cardiologists managing T18 patients. We administered a survey to pediatric cardiologists attending the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association Business Meeting. There were 30 respondents. Most (67%) supported comfort care for affected patients with a heart lesion. None supported palliative surgery for those with complex heart lesions. Of 30 respondents, 16 (53%) counsel families prenatally, and none would present the option of a single ventricle surgical track for complex heart disease. In a hypothetical situation in which their own child was born with T18, 67% would choose comfort care with medical treatment of heart failure, and none would choose palliative surgery. Being a parent was associated with a higher likelihood of choosing termination (14 of 20 vs 6 of 9; P = 0.046) or comfort care (14 of 20 vs 6 of 9; P = 0.036). Qualitative data suggest support for comfort care, while recognizing the need for individualization and shared decision-making, within the context of institution-specific policie...
Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: ARTICLES: Heart Failure Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: ARTICLES: Heart Failure Source Type: research
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