Heart Center Articles & Features
Heart Center Articles & Features

New things are always developing at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. This page is a resource for updates about new research studies, clinical breakthroughs and other important information from the Divisions of Pediatric Cardiology and the Section of Cardiovascular Surgery.

IMPACT Registry Improves Pediatric Heart Care

Early in 2012, the Cardiovascular Laboratory at Children's Mercy entered the IMproving Pediatric and Adult Congenital Treatment (IMPACT) Registry, joining about 70 other hospitals, clinics and medical centers throughout the United States to guide quality improvement initiatives. More»

Unraveling the Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease

As we learn more about the human genome, our understanding of cardiac disease processes and treatment continues to change. More»

Taking the Lead in 3D Echocardiography

Girish Shirali, MBBS, Division Director for Cardiology at Children's Mercy, is spearheading the use of live, 3D echocardiography. More»

Researching the Link Between Congenital Heart Defects and Noncoding RNA

Children's Mercy researchers are following up on their recent investigation into idiopathic, congenital heart defects and delving further into the intricate relationship between, and possible causal effects of, small nucleolar RNA (snoRNA) expression and conotruncal defects. More»

Fetal Cardiac Program Advances Infant Cardiac Care

After Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics established its impressive Fetal Health Center in 2011, a movement developed to create an area specifically devoted to high-risk pediatric cardiology: the Ward Family Fetal Cardiac Program. More»

Ushering in a New Era of Regenerative Congenital Cardiac Surgery for Children

Each year, a reported 4,000 children in the United States need semilunar - aortic and pulmonary - valve replacements. Thus, the need to identify a more efficient, cost-effective solution for heart valve replacement in children. More»

New Valve Helps Some Patients Avoid Open Heart Surgery

Children undergoing heart valve replacement at Children's Mercy now have a non-surgical option that is less invasive and gets them home much sooner. More»

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A spirit of innovation and atradition of excellence in cardiac care

Building on a half century of leadership in pediatric cardiac care at Children's Mercy, the Ward Family Heart Center is advancing the frontiers of cardiac medicine. More»

Cardiac Surgery Reaches Half-Century Milestone

In 2010, Children's Mercy Hospital marked its 50th anniversary of performing heart surgeries. Thomas Holder, MD, joined the medical staff in 1960 as Chief of Surgery and established what would become a long tradition of excellence in cardiac surgery at the hospital. More»

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Tissue Engineering and Cardiac Genetics Research Hold Promise for Revolutionizing Cardiovascular Surgery

Richard A. Hopkins, MD, Director of the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratories at Children's Mercy, is pioneering research in cell and gene engineering to construct living replacement tissue with growth potential. More»

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Hybrid procedures combine advanced surgical and interventional cardiology techniques

In 2009, the Ward Family Heart Center opened two new operating suites and two new catheterization laboratories with hybrid capability, combining the best elements of an operating room with the imaging technology needed to perform complex catheterization procedures. More»

Limitations and Capabilitiesof Tissue-Engineered Pediatric Heart Valves

Gabe Converse, PhD, uses a pinky finger to describe the size of the tissue engineered heart valve (TEHV) that is the focus of the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratories (CSRL) at Children's Mercy. However, despite its size, the valve replacement that Dr. Converse is testing is expected to revolutionize the treatment of heart valve disease in children. More»

Positive Outcomes with Hybrid Approach to Complex Cardiac Conditions

High-risk patients with complex pediatric heart conditions are seeing the benefits of hybrid intervention at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Two new cardiac catheterization suites with hybrid capability allow cardiology and cardiac surgery teams to work together in treating congenital heart disease. More»

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A spirit of innovation and a tradition of excellence incardiac care

Building on a half century of leadership in pediatric cardiac care at Children's Mercy, the Ward Family Heart Center is advancing the frontiers of cardiac medicine. More»

Vascular age study provides early warning forconsequences of childhood obesity

Pediatric obesity is a growing epidemic, and we're continuing to discover the potentially devastating effects on the long-term health of children. More»

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Patented Informatics Software Offers Instant Access to a Plethora of Clinical Data

Children's Mercy's patented HeartCenter software application allows the 130 staff members of the Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery sections to capture and manage detailed information on all of the hospital's heart patients-more than 39,000 so far. More»

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Hybrid procedures combine advanced surgical and interventional cardiology techniques

In 2009, the Ward Family Heart Center opened two new operating suites and two new catheterization laboratories with hybrid capability, combining the best elements of an operating room with the imaging technology needed to perform complex catheterization procedures. More»

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Reducing the weight of childhood obesity

One in three American children is overweight, a statistic that Geetha Raghuveer, MD, MPH, finds unacceptable. Dr. Raghuveer is a specialist in Pediatric and Preventive Cardiology at Children's Mercy and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. More»

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Study finds link between vitamin D and artery distensibility

Retrospective and observational studies have shown vitamin D deficiency in adults to be associated with hypertension, diabetes, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, stroke and decreased kidney function. More»

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Lifestyle intervention key to prevention of heart disease

Heart disease is prevalent throughout the U.S., but many of the associated risk factors can be managed - and sometimes prevented - through preventive treatment. More»

Positive Outcomes with Hybrid Approach to Complex Cardiac Conditions

High-risk patients with complex pediatric heart conditions are seeing the benefits of hybrid intervention at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Two new cardiac catheterization suites with hybrid capability allow cardiology and cardiac surgery teams to work together in treating congenital heart disease. More»

Shirali Named to Cardiology Leadership Post

Girish Shirali, MBBS, has been named Cardiology Section Chief at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Shirali will replace Rengasamy Gowdamarajan, MD, who has served in the leadership role since 1986. Dr. Gowdamarajan will remain on staff and continue to see patients. More»

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