CCF Releases New Pediatric Heart Failure Guidebook
The most common forms of heart disease causing heart failure in children are cardiomyopathies and congenital heart defects. Pediatric heart failure specialists from 13 medical centers across the U.S. and Australia collaborated with CCF to develop Pediatric Heart Failure: A Guide for Patients and Families
. The 41-page guidebook covers topics specific to children experiencing heart failure, including types of heart dysfunction, signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing, medications, exercise and nutrition, and advanced heart failure therapies.
The comprehensive guidebook was produced by CCF and funded in part by Novartis as a companion piece to CCF's Pediatric Heart Transplants: A Guide for Patients and Families
. Ryan Butts, M.D. of Children's Medical Center of Dallas served as editor of the writing committee. Co-editors were Steve Kindel, M.D. of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; Jonathan Johnson, M.D. of Mayo Clinic Children's Center; and Heather Henderson, M.D. of the Medical University of South Carolina.