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Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer 1Dept. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract Congenital heart block is a rare disorder. It has an incidence of about 1 in 22, live births. It may be associated with high mortality and morbidity.
This should generate a high index of suspicion for early diagnosis and aggressive therapy when appropriate. The congenital heart block associated with neonatal lupus is considered a form of passively acquired autoimmune disease in which maternal autoantibodies to the intracellular ribonucleoproteins Ro SS-A and La SS-Bcross the placenta and injure the previously normal fetal heart.
We believe that serial echocardiograms should be acquired so that early diagnosis is made and aggressive therapy administered, if signs of conduction system disease such as PR interval prolongation by Doppler are found, so as to optimize the outcome. Establishment of guidelines for therapy have been set empirically, should signs of congenital heart block develop.
Those patients whose congenital heart block is associated with structural heart disease have a higher morbidity and mortality, which is determined more by the underlying structural congenital heart disease than it is by the need for a pacemaker per se.
The incidence of congenital heart block has been estimated from several studies to be about 1 in 22, live births. Aggressive therapy can be defined as offering the prenatal use of dexamethasone or the other maternal drugs, fetal pacing, or early delivery.
This paper will be divided into two major sections. Initially, we will discuss congenital heart block with and without structural heart disease. Secondly, we will spend some time discussing the unique subtype of congenital heart block, that which occurs in the absence of major structural anomalies and which is associated with maternal autoimmune antibodies.
Congenital heart block is frequently associated with underlying structural congenital heart disease. The commonest forms of congenital heart disease associated with heart block include left atrial isomerism, often with an accompanying atrioventricular septal defect, as well as levo transposition of the great arteries.
When diagnosed in the postnatal period, approximately one-third of cases of congenital conduction system disease have associated structural disease.
In utero, diagnosis of congenital heart block is associated with structural heart disease in approximately one half of the cases. Clinical Course The outlook for patients with congenital heart block depends largely on the presence or absence of underlying structural heart disease, as well as the rate of ventricular activation and the presence or absence of congestive heart failure.
If the heart block is diagnosed as a bradycardia during the fetal period, there is a very high rate of fetal and neonatal loss. Prenatal risk factors for mortality prenatally depend on the presence of structural heart disease and a heart rate less than a critical value, frequently quoted as 55 bpm.
The presence of hydrops fetalis or other signs of physiologic disturbance in cardiac function, are very poor prognostic signs. If the fetal heart rate FHR was less than 55bpm, the majority died 9 out of If the congenital heart block is first diagnosed in the newborn period, presumably the higher risk fetuses have not survived, and therefore the prognosis is somewhat better.
Once again, the presence or absence of underlying structural heart disease often determines the outcome. Many, if not eventually all, of these patients require pacemaker implantation. If the congenital heart block first presents beyond the newborn period, the outlook for survival is improved.
Such children, however, still almost always require pacemaker implantation as well as treatment for any underlying structural heart disease. Such patients are unlikely to have structural heart disease and they tend to have a good prognosis after pacemaker implantation.
However, it must be remembered that they might present with severe life threatening events as their first manifestation of bradycardia, and they seem to have a late risk of developing left ventricular dilation and mitral insufficiency, presumably from longstanding bradycardia or immunological damage to the heart.
Several studies have attempted to elucidate the risk factors for the requirement of pacemaker implantation in patients with congenital heart block.
This is frequently quoted as a 55 bpm in the newborn period and gradually decreases with advancing age. It is also well accepted that any symptomatic bradycardia requires pacemaker implantation, and it should be recognized that this may be either a sudden presentation or simply limited exercise capability.
In addition, the presence of significant structural congenital heart disease is felt to be an indication to pace a patient with congenital heart block. Significant pauses on hr. Some studies have suggested that a prolonged QTC interval or a wide QRS escape rhythm with complex ventricular ectopy may warrant the use of pacemaker therapy.PhysioEx 9,1: Exercise 7 Activity 3: PEX 12_MARI_07_C PEX Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind 1.
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Introduction. The definition of congenital heart block for the purposes of this review will be the presence of conduction system disease of any form, which is diagnosed on or before 28 days of life. Conduction abnormalities: It is a rare complication of RIHD and may occur due to fibrosis of tissues near the conduction system.
Fibrosis of the myocardium may lead to abnormality in the conduction system.