Methodist Journal

IN THIS ISSUE

Adult Congenital Heart Update

Vol 15, Issue 2 (2019)


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ISSUE INTRO

The Growing Number of Adults Surviving with Congenital Heart Disease

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RECOGNITIONS

Drs. MacGillivray and Lin Take the Lead in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Advanced Cardiac Imaging for Complex Adult Congenital Heart Diseases

149 Fontan Conversions

Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery

Cholesterol: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

How Much Do Lipid Guidelines Help the Clinician? Reading Between the (Guide)lines

Statins: Then and Now

Poststatin Lipid Therapeutics: A Review

HDL and Reverse Cholesterol Transport Biomarkers

CASE REPORTS See More

Device-Related Thrombus: A Reason for Concern?

Retained Coronary Balloon Requiring Emergent Open Surgical Retrieval: An Uncommon Complication Requiring Individualized Management Strategies

Loperamide Mimicking Brugada Pattern

Reversed Pulsus Paradoxus in Right Ventricular Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Transcatheter Embolization of a Persistent Vertical Vein: A Rare Cause of Left-to-Right Shunt and Right-Sided Heart Failure

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Talking Statins with Antonio Gotto

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Lipids and Renal Disease

EXCERPTA

Addressing the Feedback Loop Between Depression, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease

POINTS TO REMEMBER

The Kidney as an Endocrine Organ

EDITORIALS

Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Cardiology through Tangible Opportunities for Mentorship and Leadership

Vol 15, Issue 2 (2019)

Article Abstract

149 Fontan Conversions


Article Citation:

Backer CL, Mavroudis C. 149 Fontan Conversions. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovasc J. 2019;15(2):105-10.

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Abstract

Patients with a functionally univentricular heart who have had an atriopulmonary Fontan are at risk for atrial dilatation, atrial arrhythmias, and progressive circulatory failure. Between 1994 and 2018, we performed 149 Fontan conversions with arrhythmia surgery and epicardial pacemaker placement at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. This operation converts the atriopulmonary Fontan to an extracardiac Fontan that improves hemodynamics and controls the atrial arrhythmias. Operative mortality during that time was 2%, and freedom from death or heart transplant at 10 years is 84%. For properly selected patients, Fontan conversion improves both survival and quality of life.

Patients with an atriopulmonary Fontan constitute an eroding population, as they face many comorbidities and have a decreased life expectancy without treatment; therefore, all patients with an atriopulmonary Fontan should be evaluated for this procedure.

Keywords
congenital heart surgery , Fontan conversion , atriopulmonary Fontan , arrhythmia , atrial fibrillation , tricuspid atresia , protein-losing enteropathy , epicardial pacemaker , cryoablation