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Advances that Regrow Babies' Hearts

Wall Street Journal
July 23, 2013

At Boston Children's Hospital, doctors are beginning to see the fruits of a 10-year effort to use biology instead of new technology to help children born with the condition, called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, grow a second ventricle. Among 34 patients treated so far, 13 are now living with two working ventricles, according to Sitaram Emani, the surgeon heading the effort. Read more.

Building a whole heart for children born with half: Q&A with a cardiac surgeon

This morning the Wall Street Journal’s Ron Winslow published a story, “Advances that Regrow Babies’ Hearts,” featuring work by Boston Children’s Hospital cardiac surgeon Sitaram Emani, MD, on new ways of treating hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

Emani sat down with Vector last year to talk about HLHS and the new approach, staged left ventricle recruitment, featured in today’s WSJ story. Here is that interview.



Peer-Review Publications

Tricuspid regurgitation or Ebsteinoid dysplasia of the tricuspid valve in congenitally corrected transposition: is valvuloplasty necessary at anatomic repair?" Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery | February 2014

Biventricular conversion after single ventricle palliation in patients with small left heart structures: short-term outcomes” Annals of Thoracic Surgery | October 2013

Impact of age and duration of banding on left ventricular preparation before anatomic repair for congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries” Annals of Thoracic Surgery | August 2013

Biventricular conversion after single-ventricle palliation in unbalanced atrioventricular canal defects” Annals of Thoracic Surgery | June 2013

"Staged left ventricular recruitment after single-ventricle palliation in patients with borderline left heart hypoplasia." Annals of Thoracic Surgery | October 2012

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