Clinico-Etiological profile of congestive heart failure (CHF) in children

Sunil Kumar Agarwalla, Sarada Prasanna Pradhan


Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the heart doesn’t pump blood to meet the oxygen demand of the various organs. Usually congenital heart disease (CHD) like VSD, PDA, CoA, TGA physiology, ECD, Ebstein anomaly present with CHF before U5 age. In India most common cause of CHF from 5
to 15 yrs. age is due to Rheumatic Fever / RHD. We also get cases like pericardial effusion, constrictive pericarditis, DCM, AR in rheumatic disease, iron overload causing myocardial failure in Thalassemia and anemia presenting as CHF as in more than 5-year children. CHF cases contribute to about 10% of mortality in children.
We conducted a Hospital based descriptive and cross-sectional study from November 2018 to October 2020 at Pediatric department of M.K.C.G Medical College Hospital, Berhampur. All pediatric patients with signs and symptoms of CHF as per clinical diagnosis in the age group of 1 month to 14 year were included in our study. The study population was 136. Out of the total cardiac cases, 57% were CHD, 43% were acquired. Among the total 105 cardiac cases of CHF, CHD were 60(57.2%). Out of the total CHD, acyanotic heart
diseases were 46.7% and acquired heart diseases constituted 42.8%. Out of total 136 cases 87(63.2%) were discharged, 23(17.6%) died, 19 cases (14%) were referred to higher centre. After data collection detail analysis was made by SPSS software. An initiative regarding addressing the problematic Congestive heart failure along with its clinical management will definitely help the future generation and researchers.

Keywords: Congestive Heart Failure, CHD, RHD, DCM.

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