Nutrition in Congenital Heart Disease: Challenges, Guidelines and Nutritional Support

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Infants and children with congenital heart disease have high energy requirements and poor intake and are frequently malnourished. Delivering adequate nutrition is challenging and may be difficult due to fluid limitations, feeding intolerance, gut hypoperfusion secondary to low cardiac output and heart failure, hypoxemia, or ductal dependent blood supply. Nutrition intervention, with close tolerance monitoring, is safe, optimizes nutrition status, and reduces morbidity and mortality.


Breast-feed Calorie Chylothorax Energy Energy expenditure Enteral nutrition Enteral nutrition algorithm Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation Failure to thrive Feeding Feeding tube Malabsorption Malnutrition Necrotizing enterocolitis Nutrition assessment Parenteral nutrition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical NutritionChildren’s Hospital Colorado B270AuroraUSA
  2. 2.Section of Nutrition, Department of PediatricsUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA

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