Pathophysiology of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

John E. Mayer, Jr, MD


Congenital heart disease with its wide variety of anatomic pathologies presents unique conceptual challenges in understanding the resulting pathophysiology for those caring for these patients. The pathophysiology resulting from congenital heart defects differs in important ways from that seen in patients with most forms of acquired heart disease, and it is the purpose of this chapter to describe the more common pathophysiologic patterns and their therapeutic implications.

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Last updated: January 19, 2022