Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease

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Transition from the Fetal to the Neonatal Circulation

  • Daniel SidiAffiliated withService of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, University of Paris V Email author 
  • , Eduardo M. da Cruz

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To understand the rules and limitations of neonatal circulation in normal hearts and in those with congenital diseases, one must remember and understand the basic rules of heart physiology and apply them to the fetal and the neonatal circulations, with emphasis on the cardiovascular adaptation to the changes occurring at birth.