Keeping children with congenital heart disease healthy

Cathy S. Woodward

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Keeping children with congenital heart disease healthy is vital to their long-term survival and quality of life. Nurse practitioners are in an excellent position to keep these sometimes fragile children healthy before, between, and after their cardiac surgeries. Primary care visits should address developmental morbidity. Referral for in-depth evaluations and intervention should be initiated for children with hemodynamically significant heart disease. Infants may also experience poor feeding. Nutritional guidance may include fortifying formulas or enteral tube feedings. Attention to immunization status and prevention of winter illnesses and endocarditis may reduce complications in this high-risk group of children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Congenital heart disease
  • Mediastinitis
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgical site infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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