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Module 5 – Pediatric Cardiac Disorders. Revised, Summer 2008. Fetal Circulation. Changes in Circulation. Umbilical cord clamped Pulmonary Pressure Pulmonary resistance. Critical thinking:. When are most cardiac anomalies discovered?

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changes in circulation
Changes in Circulation
  • Umbilical cord clamped
  • Pulmonary
  • Pressure
  • Pulmonary resistance
critical thinking
Critical thinking:
  • When are most cardiac anomalies discovered?
  • What is included in the initial cardiac assessment of a newborn?
  • Why?
  • History
  • Physical
  • Diagnostic
importance of the nurse knowing normal value for o2 saturations
Importance of the Nurse Knowing Normal Value for O2 Saturations
  • Children respond to severe hypoxemia with BRADYCARDIA
  • Cardiac arrest in children generally r/t prolonged hypoxemia
  • Hypoxemia is r/t to respiratory failure or shock
  • BRADYCARDIA is a significant warning sign of cardiac arrest
clinical manifestations
Clinical Manifestations
  • Pump Fails – cannot meet the demands of the body = CHF

How do you know when something is wrong?

  • Tires easily during feeding
  • Periorbital edema, weight gain
  • Rales and rhonchi
  • Dyspnea, orthopnea, tachypnea
  • Diaphoretic / sweating
  • Tachycardia
  • Weight
goal of treatment
Goal of Treatment:
  • Improve cardiac function
  • Remove accumulated fluid and Na+
  • Decrease cardiac demands
  • Decrease O2 consumption
  • Digoxin –what do we assess prior to administration?
    • Which VS? Weigh diapers for strict I & O
    • Double check
    • Digoxin levels
    • Parent teaching
    • Digitalis toxicity
  • ACE inhibitors
    • Capoten (Captoril)
    • Vasotec
medications continued
Medications continued…
  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
  • Zarozolyn (Thiazide type)
  • Spironolactone (Aldactone)
nursing care
Nursing care
  • Reduce metabolic needs
  • Diet therapy
  • Decrease Cardiac Demands
  • Improve tissue oxygenation
classifying congenital heart defects
Classifying congenital heart defects
  • By defects that increase pulmonary blood flow
    • Patent ductus arteriosus
    • Atrial septal defect
    • Ventricular septal defect
  • By defects that decrease blood flow and mixed defects
    • Pulmonic stenosis
    • Tetralogy of Fallot
    • Tricuspid atresia
    • Transposition of the great arteries
    • Truncus arteriosus
signs symptoms
Signs & Symptoms

What is most common indication of a congenital heart defect?

cardiac catheterizations
Cardiac catheterizations
  • Used to determine anomalies
  • Measures O2 sats in cardiac chambers and great arteries
  • Evaluates cardiac output
  • Identify detailed images of blood flow patterns
  • May allow for corrective or palliative measures
nursing interventions pre and post cardiac catheterization
Nursing interventions pre and post cardiac catheterization
  • Assessment pre-op for baselines
  • Assessment post-op:
    • Vital signs (which ones are priority?)
    • Extremities
    • Activity
    • Hydration
    • Medications
    • Comfort measures
teaching after cardiac catheterization
Teaching after cardiac catheterization
  • Parental teaching
    • Watch for s/s of bleeding, bruising at site
    • Foot temp on side of cath cooler
    • Loss of sensation in foot on side of cath
  • When to call the physician
    • If any of above s/s noted within 1st 24 hrs
patent ductus arteriosus
Blood shunts from aorta (left) to the pulmonary artery (right)

Returns to the lungs causing increase pressure in the lung

Congestive heart failure

Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Medical Management
    • Medication
      • Indomethacin
  • Surgical
  • ____Ligate the ductus arteriosus
nursing care1
Nursing Care:
  • Pre-op
    • Patient/parent teaching
    • Assess for infection
  • Obtain lab values for chart
  • Post-op
    • ABCs
    • Rest
    • Hydration/nutrition
    • Prevent complications
    • Discharge teaching
atrial septal defect
Atrial Septal Defect
  • Oxygenated blood is shunted from left to right side of the heart via defect
  • A larger volume of blood than normal must be handled by the right side of the heart hypertrophy
  • Extra blood then passes through the pulmonary artery into the lungs, causing higher pressure than normal in the blood vessels in the lungs  congestive heart failure
  • Medical Management
    • Medications – digoxin
  • Surgical repair
    • Suture or simple patch
  • Device Closure – Amplatzer septal occluder

During cardiac catheterization the occluder is placed in the


ventricle septal defect
Ventricle Septal Defect
  • Oxygenated blood is shunted from left to right side of the heart via defect
  • A larger volume of blood than normal must be handled by the right side of the heart hypertrophy
  • Extra blood then passes through the pulmonary artery into the lungs, causing higher pressure than normal in the blood vessels in the lungs  congestive heart failure

Surgical repair with a patch inserted

pulmonic or aortic stenosis
Pulmonic or Aortic Stenosis
  • Narrowing of entrance that

decreases blood flow

  • Treatment:
    • Medications – Prostaglandins to keep the PDA open
    • Cardiac Catheterization
      • Balloon Valvuloplasty
    • Surgery
      • Valvotomy
coarctation of the aorta
Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Narrowing of Aorta causing obstruction of left ventricular blood flow
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy
  • Signs and Symptoms
  •  B/P in upper extremities
  • B/P in lower extremities
  • Radial pulses full/bounding and femoral or popliteal pulses weak or absent
  • Leg pains, fatigue
  • Nose bleeds
  • Goals of management are to improve ventricular function and restore blood flow to the lower body.
  • Medical management with Medication
    • A continuous intravenous medication, prostaglandin (PGE-1), is used to open the ductus arteriosus (and maintain it in an open state) allowing blood flow to areas beyond the coarctation.
  • Balloon dilation
  • Surgery

Resect narrow



tetralogy of fallot
Tetralogy of Fallot
  • 1. Four defects with right to left shunting
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Failure to thrive
  • Lack of energy
  • Infections
  • Polycythemia
  • Clubbing of fingers
  • Squatting
  • Cerebral absess
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cyanosis





  • Surgical interventions
    • Blalock – Taussig or Potts procedure – increases blood flow to the lungs.
    • Open heart surgery
ask yourself
Ask Yourself ?
  • Laboratory analysis on a child with Tetralogy of Fallot indicates a high RBC count. The polycythemia is a compensatory mechanism for:

a. Tissue oxygen need

b. Low iron level

C. Low blood pressure

d. Cardiomegaly

mixed blood flow
Mixed blood flow

Survival depends upon mixing of blood from pulmonic and systemic circulation

Cyanotic Disorders:

  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Hypoplastic left heart
  • Transposition of the great arteries
truncus arteriosus
Truncus arteriosus
  • A single arterial trunk arises from both ventricles that supplies the systemic, pulmonary, and coronary circulations. A vsd and a single, defective, valve also exist.
  • Entire systemic circulation supplied from common trunk.
hypoplastic heart
Hypoplastic heart
  • May have various left-sided defects, including coarctation of the aorta, aortic valve & mitral valve stenosis or artresia
transposition of great vessels
Aorta arises from the right ventricle, and the pulmonary artery arises from the left ventricle –

not compatible with survival unless there is a large defect present in ventricular or atrial septum.

Transposition of Great Vessels


nursing diagnosis goals
Nursing Diagnosis & Goals:

DX: Alteration in cardiac output: decrease R/T heart malformation

Goal: Child will maintain adequate cardiac output AEB:

nursing care2
Nursing Care:
  • Monitor VS
  • I&O
  • Medications
  • Position
  • Metabolic rest
  • Assess and document child/family interactions
  • Parent teaching
kawasaki disease
Kawasaki Disease

Mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome

  • Not contagious
  • Preceded by upper respiratory tract infection
  • Cause unknown
clinical manifestations1
Clinical Manifestations:
  • Acute Phase- 10-14 days
  • Subacute Phase 10-25 days
  • Convalescent Phase 25-60 days
  • ECG
  • CBC, WBC
  • PT
  • ESR
  • IgA, IgG and IgM
nursing care3
Nursing Care:
  • Medication Therapy
    • Aspirin
    • Gamma Globulin
  • Nursing Interventions
    • Assess/monitor
    • Decrease stimulation
    • Comfort measures
    • Discharge teaching
rheumatic fever
Rheumatic Fever
  • Systemic inflammatory disease
  • Follows group A beta-hemolytic

streptococcus infection

  • Causes changes in the entire heart especially the valves
clinical manifestations2
Clinical Manifestations
  • Jones Criteria
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Supporting Evidence
therapeutic intervention
Therapeutic Intervention
  • Medication
    • long term
    • prophylaxis
  • Nursing
    • Prevention
    • Parent teaching (ANTIBIOTICS)
subacute bacterial endocarditis
Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis

Infectious disease involving abnormal cardiac tissue:

  • Usually rheumatic lesions or congenital defects
  • Infection may invade adjacent tissues- aortic and mitral valves
clinical manifestations3
Clinical Manifestations:
  • Onset insidious
    • Fever
    • Lethargy/general malaise
    • Anorexia
    • Splenomegaly
    • Retinal hemorrhages
    • Heart murmur –90%
    • Diagnosis- positive blood cultures
nursing care4
Nursing Care
  • Medication-large doses antibiotic
  • Bed rest
  • Teach to notify dentist prior to dental work
principles that apply to all cardiac conditions
Principles that apply to all cardiac conditions:
  • Encourage normal growth and development
  • Counsel parents to avoid overprotection
  • Address parents’ concerns and anxieties
  • Educate parents about conditions, tests, planned treatments, medications
  • Assist parents in developing ability to assess child’s physical status