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Modified Ross heart failure classification:
|II||Mild tachypneoa or diaphoresis with feeding. Dyspnea on exertion in older children|
|III||Marked tachypnea or diaphoresis with feeding; marked dyspnea on exertion; prolonged feeding time with failure to thrive|
|IV||Tachypnea, retractions, grunting or diaphoresis at rest|
- Congenital, skeletal myopathy with cardiac involvment (e.g. Duchenne, Becker, Barth Syndrome, myotonic dystrophy)
- Metabolic disorders with cardiac involvement (carnitine deficiency, glycogen storage disease, mitochondrial disease)
- Cardiomyopathy (primary, secondary)
- Acquired (rheumatic heart disease, myocarditis, tachyarrythmia, toxic, antineoplastic drugs, nutritional deficiency)
Treatment of the underlying cause and cardiomyopathy.
Mechanical treatment options (ECLS):
Short term support: IABP (diastolic augmentation), Impella axial flow (minimum weight 25 kg), centrifugal pumps (Levitronix), ECMO
Mid-term support /bridge to transplantation/bridge to recovery: Thoratec, Berlin heart
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