Congenital heart disease in children | Action Medical Research

Congenital heart disease in children

Around one in every 150 babies in the UK is born with a heart defect, a problem which doctors call congenital heart disease. Surgeons often use small devices called stents to treat heart defects, but existing stents are not ideal for use in babies and children.

We are funding research to develop a new type of stent that can be tailor made especially for individual babies and children.

Helping babies who are at risk of becoming obese

Research date: 1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017
Grant amount: £101,300.00

More than a third of children in the UK are overweight or obese.1 Worldwide, over 40 million children under five are affected.2 Being obese puts children at risk of serious health problems. For example, children who are obese are more prone to breathing difficulties, fractures and high blood pressure. They can also have early signs of heart disease and...

Personalising surgery for babies with a serious heart disease

Research date: 1 September 2015 - 28 February 2018
Grant amount: £102,593.00

Around one in every 5,000 babies is born with a serious heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).1 They all need a series of lifesaving operations during the first few years of life. The severity of HLHS varies and it’s not clear which surgical technique works best in each situation, for each individual baby. Dr Pablo Lamata, of...

Congenital heart disease: improving treatment of babies and children born with heart defects

Research date: 1 August 2013 - 31 August 2016
Grant amount: £149,374.00

Around one in every 150 babies in the UK is born with a heart defect, a problem which doctors call congenital heart disease.1,2 Surgeons often use small devices called stents to treat heart defects, but existing stents are not ideal for use in babies and children. Dr J Tsui, of University College London, is developing a new type of stent that can be...

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