Sunday, April 12, 2009

Screening Babies for Broken Hearts

In the following three recent articles, they are screening the congenital heart disease(CHD). In the developing world, the management of CVDs should rely on (PREVENTION). Screening is first step of prevention. It is cost effective. However, we should care.

When his own children were born, pediatric cardiologist Darshak Sanghavi asked for a simple screening test for heart defects. But the test isn’t widely used.
By Darshak Sanghavi, M.D.

The linked study by de-Wahl Granelli and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.a3037) assesses the contribution of neonatal pulse oximetry saturation screening to early detection of life threatening congenital heart disease.1 Neonatal screening started in the 1960s with the Guthrie bacterial inhibition test for detection of phenylketonuria.2

Impact of pulse oximetry screening on the detection of duct dependent congenital heart disease:
a Swedish prospective screening study in 39 821 newborns

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